Multiple Vulnerabilities in Google Chrome Could Allow for Remote Code Execution

ITS Advisory Number: 
2014-079
Date(s) Issued: 
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Subject: 
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Google Chrome Could Allow for Remote Code Execution
Overview: 

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Google Chrome that could result in remote code execution. Google Chrome is a web browser used to access the Internet. These vulnerabilities can be exploited if a user visits, or is redirected to, a specially crafted web page. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the user running the affected application. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Systems Affected: 
  • Google Chrome prior to 37.0.2062.120
RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
High
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
High
Home Users: 
High
Description: 

Four unspecified vulnerabilities were patched in the latest version of Google Chrome. They are listed as follows:

  • One use-after-free vulnerability could result in remote code execution. Failed exploit attempts may result in a denial of service condition. [CVE-2014-3178]
  • Three unspecified vulnerabilities were addressed by Google's internal security team. [CVE-2014-3179]
Actions: 

We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Update vulnerable Google Chrome products immediately after appropriate testing by following the steps outlined by Google.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Remind users to not open email attachments or click on URLs from unknown or un-trusted sources.