Google on Friday released out-of-band updates to resolve an actively exploited zero-day flaw in its Chrome web browser, making it the first such bug to be addressed since the start of the year.
"Type confusion in V8 in Google Chrome prior to 112.0.5615.121 allowed a remote attacker to potentially exploit heap corruption via a crafted HTML page," according to the NIST's National Vulnerability Database (NVD).
The tech giant acknowledged that "an exploit for CVE-2023-2033 exists in the wild," but stopped short of sharing additional technical specifics or indicators of compromise (IoCs) to prevent further exploitation by threat actors.
CVE-2023-2033 also appears to share similarities with CVE-2022-1096, CVE-2022-1364, CVE-2022-3723, and CVE-2022-4262 – four other actively abused type confusion flaws in V8 that were remediated by Google in 2022.
Google closed out a total of nine zero-days in Chrome last year. The development comes days after Citizen Lab and Microsoft disclosed the exploitation of a now-patched flaw in Apple iOS by customers of a shadowy spyware vendor named QuaDream to target journalists, political opposition figures, and an NGO worker in 2021.
It also comes within a week of Apple releasing updates to patch two actively exploited zero-day vulnerabilities (CVE-2023-28205 and CVE-2023-28206) in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and Safari web browser that could lead to arbitrary code execution.
Users are recommended to upgrade to version 112.0.5615.121 for Windows, macOS, and Linux to mitigate potential threats. Users of Chromium-based browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Brave, Opera, and Vivaldi are also advised to apply the fixes as and when they become available.