If you use the Google Chrome browser on your Android handset, you need to update it immediately with the new version available in the Google Play Store.
According to PhoneArena, the reason for an immediate Chrome update stems from an attack labeled as “high” severity, which could allow a malicious app to take control of a user’s phone.
The Chrome Android update with version 103.0.5060.71 will patch the vulnerability. To see the current version of Chrome running, users go to Settings > Apps > See all xxx apps > Chrome and scroll down to the bottom to see the Chrome version running on Android phones.
If the browser version in use is lower than 103.0.5060.71, users will need to update to the patched version as soon as possible. There is a caveat that users will not be able to uninstall Chrome from Android, so the best way is to update the browser by going to the Google Play Store, tapping the profile icon on the right side of the screen, then tapping Manage apps & devices. In the Updates available section, click See details. Search for an update for Chrome, if it is available, click the Update button, otherwise close the screen and try again later.
Reportedly, the vulnerability seems to be related to Web RTC. It is a platform that supports shared video, voice, and data sharing. Developers use the platform to build voice and video applications. This is a serious problem and has been reported to have been exploited by malicious attackers. It has the code CVE-2022-2294 and is confirmed by Google to have been exploited by hackers.