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Vivaldi and Microsoft Address Security Concerns with New Web Browser Updates

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Vivaldi and Microsoft have recently rolled out updates for their web browsers to tackle security vulnerabilities, including one that is currently being exploited in the wild.

Vivaldi Technologies announced the availability of a minor update for the desktop edition of the Vivaldi web browser on April 15, 2022. The updated version is already accessible and gets automatically downloaded and installed on most devices.

To expedite the update process, Vivaldi users can manually check for updates by navigating to Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for Updates. This action triggers the download and installation of the latest version if one is available.

The release notice on the Vivaldi website is succinct yet informative:

[Chromium] Upgraded to 100.0.4896.133 (includes fix for CVE-2022-1364)

This marks the fifth minor update for version 5.2 of the Vivaldi browser, which was initially released in early April 2022.

Similarly, Microsoft has pushed out an update for the desktop version of its Microsoft Edge web browser. This update is already in circulation and is set to be automatically distributed to most Edge-enabled devices.

To fast-track the update process, Edge users can navigate to edge://settings/help in the browser’s address bar. The displayed page showcases the current version and automatically checks for an updated version upon loading, proceeding with the download and installation process if a new version is detected.

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The release notes for Microsoft Edge 100.0.1185.44 confirm the integration of a security fix for the Chromium vulnerability currently under active exploitation:

This update contains a fix for CVE-2022-1364, which has been reported by the Chromium team as having an exploit in the wild. For more information, see the Security Update Guide.

Additionally, Microsoft highlights that the update also addresses an Edge-specific vulnerability, CVE-2022-29144, rectifying an elevation of privilege vulnerability exclusive to Microsoft’s web browser. Fortunately, this Edge-specific issue is not currently being leveraged by threat actors.

Lastly, Google has also issued a security update for its Chrome web browser to mitigate existing security concerns.

image credit: monticello/shutterstock

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