Major tech companies, including Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and Brave, have released critical security patches, according to a report by Stack Diary.
These patches address a vulnerability that could allow unauthorized users to gain access to or execute malicious code on your computer. The companies acknowledge that the flaw has been actively exploited.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States classifies the vulnerability as severe.
The flaw is related to code used to render WebP images, which are widely used.
The security flaw affects not only browsers but also other applications. For instance, encrypted messaging app Signal and Bandisoft's Honeyview have also released patches.
Other affected apps include Affinity, Gimp, LibreOffice, Telegram, and many Android applications, as well as "cross-platform apps built with Flutter," according to the website.
The NIST has classified the vulnerability as severe, and it's not just limited to the tech giants. The flaw is tied to the code used for rendering WebP images, which are commonly used across various platforms.
This makes the issue even more pressing, as it affects a broad range of applications and services.
Apple also released a security patch this week for what appears to be the same issue, although it refers to a different problem number on the NIST website.
The security patches are a crucial step in safeguarding user data and privacy, emphasizing the need for immediate updates.