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Data and cybersecurity is hard enough without vulnerabilities coming from one of your most utilized applications. That’s the scenario after a bug was found in some of today’s most popular Internet browsers putting billions of people’s data security at risk. Let’s take a brief look at the vulnerability and how you can ensure that it won’t be a problem for you or your company.
Internet browsers such as Opera, Edge, and Chrome are built on top of Google’s open-source Chromium platform and therefore share a lot of the same code. Unfortunately, researchers found an exploitable vulnerability in the Chromium code that would allow hackers to bypass the Content Security Policy on websites, leaving them able to steal data or run malicious code.
The Content Security Policy (CSP) is an Internet standard that was designed to eliminate certain types of cyberattacks. The policy provides access to website administrators to set the domains that an Internet browser sees as legitimate. An Internet browser with a CSP will block scripts that aren’t loaded into the policy’s parameters. Most websites on the Internet use CSP.
This is a great example of how even the most trusted software could have long-standing security vulnerabilities. The Chrome browser, which reached 5 billion downloads in 2019, carried this vulnerability for over a year. Since being discovered, however, the issue has been patched. As a result, users of Chrome, Microsoft’s Edge, Opera, and Vivaldi will definitely want to update to developers’ newest versions to ensure your browser doesn’t carry this very dangerous vulnerability.
Staying safe online requires your browser to be updated and patched. If you need help ensuring your business is running patched and up-to-date software, contact the security professionals at Preferred today at 708-781-7110.