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Google Patches Second Chrome Zero-Day in One Week

Google has patched CVE-2024-4761, the second exploited vulnerability addressed by the company within one week.

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Google has announced patches for another Chrome vulnerability that has been exploited in attacks. This is the second zero-day addressed by the company in one week and the third flaw leveraged in malicious attacks in 2024.

The new zero-day, tracked as CVE-2024-4761, has been described as a high-severity out-of-bounds write issue in the V8 JavaScript and WebAssembly engine. The vulnerability was reported on May 9 by an anonymous researcher.

Google says it’s aware that an exploit exists in the wild, but has not shared any information on the attacks. 

Someone claims to have already developed a proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit for CVE-2024-4761, but it’s unclear if it works. 

CVE-2024-4761 was patched just days after Google announced a Chrome update to fix CVE-2024-4671, a high-severity use-after-free bug in the Visuals component that has also been exploited in the wild

CVE-2024-4671 was also reported recently by an anonymous researcher, but it’s unclear if the two zero-days are connected. 

Google and Mandiant said in a recent report that they monitored 97 vulnerabilities exploited in the wild in 2023, a 50% increase compared to the previous year. 

Eight of the zero-days targeted Chrome. The companies said spyware vendors were behind 75% of known zero-day exploits targeting Google and Android devices in 2023.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.


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