Microsoft has released an urgent patch for Edge, the world’s second most popular web browser after Google Chrome. The latest version of the software is designed to fix a bug discovered that cyber criminals are currently attacking PC owners. Google urgently needed to release a solution to the same problem in Chrome.
Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are based on the same open source code base called Chromium. Both have different functions and designs, but they can run the same browser extensions and are compatible with the same web apps. The bug was also shared between the two competing applications.
The bug is known as a “zero day” vulnerability. This means that cyber criminals already know the problem and are using it to attack users in the wild. This means that the patch is not a preventive but a corrective measure. Microsoft and Google have both provided detailed information about the vulnerability, for fear of teaching more bad actors how to use browsers that haven’t yet applied the patch.
What we do know is that the bug was discovered by a researcher on March 9, 2021. Google released its patch on March 12th, while Microsoft released a fix on March 17th, 2021. Both updates are currently available to browsers.
To make sure you are protected from the bug, you need to make sure that you are running Microsoft Edge version 89.0.774.54 now. Your browser should update automatically. However, there are reasons that this may not happen. These include a lack of Wi-Fi connection, users pausing automatic updates while they work, and much more.
Open Microsoft Edge and go to to make sure your laptop, tablet, PC or Mac is safe from the error Menu> Help and Feedback> Microsoft Edge Information and check that you are running the latest version of the browser. By the time most users have upgraded to the fixed version, we expect to learn more from Google and Microsoft about the vulnerability and the number of users affected by the vulnerability.