Patching Google Chrome Vulnerability (CVE-2022-3038)

Brenda Gratas February 16, 2023
- 3 min read

With the constant evolution of cybersecurity threats, it is crucial to remain vigilant and proactive in addressing emerging vulnerabilities. CVE-2022-3038, a critical use-after-free vulnerability discovered in the Network Service component of Google Chrome, has become another addition to the growing list of known vulnerabilities exploited in 2023.

This zero-day vulnerability poses a significant risk as it enables remote attackers to potentially trigger heap corruption, compromising the security of affected systems. In this article, we’ll delve into the details of CVE-2022-3038 and explore how InvGate Insight can help you to mitigate its potential impact. 

Read on to learn how you can protect your systems from this critical vulnerability and strengthen your overall security posture.

About CVE-2022-3038

CVE-2022-3038 is a critical use-after-free vulnerability discovered in the Network Service component of Google Chrome. By exploiting this vulnerability, a remote attacker can potentially trigger heap corruption by tricking a user into visiting a specially crafted HTML page.

The vulnerability arises due to improper memory deallocation within the Network Service component. Exploiting this flaw could enable an attacker to manipulate the heap, opening the door to arbitrary code execution and compromising the affected system.

With a CVSSv3 score of 8.8, this vulnerability is classified as High severity. It has already been observed being actively exploited in real-world scenarios, underscoring the urgency of applying the latest security updates for Google Chrome without delay.

The vulnerability was patched starting in the following versions:

  • Chrome 105.0.5195.52 (Mac/Linux)
  • Chrome 105.0.5195.52/53/54 (Windows) 

How to find devices exposed to CVE-2022-3038

InvGate Insight provides an effective solution for identifying devices within your organization that require immediate attention. You can follow the step-by-step process outlined below:

  1. Open InvGate Insight and go to the Explorer tab.
  2. Type in the Search bar “Software name, is:Chrome” to filter all NAME devices.
  3. Add another filter to the Search bar to see all devices missing the security patch. To do that, add the following filter: “Reported version, is not:” and paste the patched version.

And that’s it! Within seconds, you'll be presented with a comprehensive roster of devices susceptible to vulnerabilities, allowing you to take immediate action. You have the option to download this information in CSV format and share it with your agents, enabling them to stay informed about the latest updates.

If you require additional details, watch our video that provides insights into locating vulnerable devices for patching.

Use InvGate Insight to find devices exposed to the vulnerability CVE-2022-3038

The bottom line

CVE-2022-3038 is a critical use-after-free vulnerability discovered in the Network Service component of Google Chrome. It poses a high-severity risk as it allows remote attackers to trigger heap corruption and potentially execute arbitrary code on compromised systems. The urgency to address this vulnerability is paramount, and Google Chrome has released security updates to patch it.

To help organizations streamline their Patch Management process and identify devices exposed to CVE-2022-3038, InvGate Insight offers an effective solution, providing visibility into vulnerable devices and enabling proactive mitigation. 

Request our 30-day free trial today and discover how InvGate Insight can enhance your Vulnerability Management strategy. 

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