A Vulnerability in Google Chrome Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution

ITS Advisory Number: 
2022-055
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Subject: 
A Vulnerability in Google Chrome Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution
Overview: 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Google Chrome, the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. Google Chrome is a web browser used to access the Internet. Successful exploitation of the most severe could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser. Depending on the privileges associated with the application, an attacker could view, change, or delete data. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system, exploitation of the most severe of this vulnerability could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights.

THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

Google is aware that an exploit for CVE-2022-1364 exists in the wild.

 

Systems Affected: 
  • Google Chrome versions prior to 100.0.4896.127
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: 
Low
Description: 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Google Chrome that could allow for arbitrary code execution. Details of the vulnerability is as follows:

  • CVE-2022-1364: Type Confusion in V8

Successful exploitation of the most severe of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser. Depending on the privileges associated with the application, an attacker could view, change, or delete data. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system, exploitation of the most severe of this vulnerability could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights.

Actions: 

We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Apply the stable channel update provided by Google to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing.
  • 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.
  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from un-trusted sources.
  • Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.