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Two zero-day bugs in Google's Chrome browser, both of which were being exploited in the wild, have been fixed, according to the company's Project Zero technical lead Ben Hawkes.

He said in a tweet that the two vulnerabilities had been found by the Project Zero team and Google TAG last week.

The bugs affected both the desktop and Android versions of Chrome, a browser which has about 65% of the market.

"CVE-2020-16009 is a v8 bug used for remote code execution, CVE-2020-16010 is a Chrome sandbox escape for Android," Hawkes wrote.

This is the third time in the last fortnight that Google has patched bugs that are under active exploitation.

On 23 October, Google announced details about a bug in Windows that was being exploited in the wild and went public after giving Microsoft a week to fix the flaw.

Noting that exhaustive details of the Windows bug had been revealed, but only few details of the two Chrome bugs had been revealed, an individual named Jim DeVries tweeted: "Has Google released the same level of detail as the Microsoft vuln announced last Friday?"

In its advisory for the flaw in the desktop version of Chrome, Google said: "Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed."


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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