Google Chrome is riddled with potential security issues that could put millions of users at risk, according to a report.
A new study by Atlas VPN refers to the data provided VulDB vulnerability database (opens in a new tab) claims that Google’s famous browser has had 303 vulnerabilities discovered so far, and is the “all-time leader with a total of 3,159 vulnerabilities.”
Moreover, of all the most frequently used browsers (opens in a new tab) to date, Chrome is the only one that has already seen newly discovered vulnerabilities in October 2022.
Safari works fine
The report notes that Mozilla Firefox has had 117 vulnerabilities discovered in 2022, while Microsoft Edge has had 103 since the beginning of the year.
These numbers are a 61% increase over the whole of last year, with AtlasVPN noting that this is an “unusually high number” for a browser with only 806 vulnerabilities since its release.
Apple’s Safari, on the other hand, has “one of the lowest vulnerability rates in recent years.” The world’s second-largest browser had 26 documented vulnerabilities in the first nine months of the year, while overall it had “only” 1,139 discovered flaws.
This year, Opera had no documented vulnerabilities and a total of 344 flaws.
Although Atlas VPN didn’t say it outright, it did say that Chrome, Edge, and Opera are built on the Chromium engine, hinting that Chromium’s flaws could affect all of those browsers.
The company says that to ensure endpoint security, users should always make sure their browser is up-to-date and be extra careful when selecting plug-ins to install. Moreover, they should always be wary of phishing, as cybercriminals often use communication channels to spread malicious code capable of exploiting various flaws in browsers.
TechRadar Pro We’ve reached out to Google for comment on the findings and will update this article when we hear back from them.