Remote code execution in Google Chrome

Published: 2019-03-04 | Updated: 2019-03-06
Risk Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2019-5786
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit Vulnerability #1 is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
Google Chrome
Client/Desktop applications / Web browsers

Vendor Google, Inc.

Security Advisory

UPDATE: 06.03.2019
The vulnerability risk was raised to "Critical" due to in the wild exploitation of the vulnerability according to Google update.

1) Use-after-free

Risk: Critical

CVSSv3: 9.2 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2019-5786

CWE-ID: CWE-416 - Use After Free

Exploit availability: Yes [Search exploit]


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to compromise vulnerable system.

The vulnerability exists due to a use-after-free error in FileReader. A remote attacker can trick the victim into opening a specially crafted file with Google Chrome, trigger use-after-free error and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may allow an attacker to compromise vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.


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Vulnerable software versions

Google Chrome: 70.0.3538.67, 70.0.3538.102, 70.0.3538.110, 71.0.3578.80, 72.0, 72.0.3626.81, 72.0.3626.96

CPE External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to trick the victim to visit a specially crafted website.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.