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If you haven’t recently updated your Chrome, Opera, or Edge web browser to the latest available version, it would be an excellent idea to do so as quickly as possible.

Cybersecurity researchers on Monday disclosed details about a zero-day flaw in Chromium-based web browsers for Windows, Mac and Android that could have allowed attackers to entirely bypass Content Security Policy (CSP) rules since Chrome 73.

Tracked as CVE-2020-6519 (rated 6.5 on the CVSS scale), the issue stems from a CSP bypass that results in arbitrary execution of malicious code on target websites.

According to PerimeterX, some of the most popular websites, including Facebook, Wells Fargo, Zoom, Gmail, WhatsApp, Investopedia, ESPN, Roblox, Indeed, TikTok, Instagram, Blogger, and Quora, were susceptible to the CSP bypass.

Interestingly, it appears that the same flaw was also highlighted by Tencent Security Xuanwu Lab more than a year ago, just a month after the release of Chrome 73 in March 2019, but was never addressed until PerimeterX reported the issue earlier this March.

After the findings were disclosed to Google, the Chrome team issued a fix for the vulnerability in Chrome 84 update (version 84.0.4147.89) that began rolling out on July 14 last month.

CSP is an extra layer of security that helps detect and mitigate certain types of attacks, including Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and data injection attacks. With CSP rules, a website can mandate the victim’s browser to perform certain client-side checks with an aim to block specific scripts that are designed to exploit the browser’s trust of the content received from the server.

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