Security experts have found a new vulnerability in the inbuilt flash player of Google Chrome. This new bug allows an attacker to take control of your webcam and microphone without your knowledge.
The worst part of this bug is, since it is affecting the inbuilt flash player of Google Chrome, it is applicable to all operating systems where Google Chrome with flash is available. This covers Windows, OSX and Linux and even your Chromebook.
Google has a policy of giving its vendor partners just one week to deliver a fix. This time, however, Google and Adobe got a bit of a late start. The proof-of-concept posted by Egor Homakov five days ago was based on a Russian post that went live on the tenth. That means it’s already been more than a week, but Google pledged to deliver a fix before this week is over, says Geek.com.
We will see a security update soon, from the Chrome team, but till then, keep a watch over your extensions and apps. Especially, please do not install anything outside the Chrome Web Store. That alone won’t stop everything, but it is a start.
Stay tuned for more updates.