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Apple published an update of its Safari browser on Thursday that plugs 16 security vulnerabilities. Safari 4.0.5, available for Mac OS X and Windows, fixes a slew of critical code injection and information disclosure bugs. Unpatched Windows boxes running Safari are more exposed than their Mac counterparts by flaws that mean …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Security bugs, what security bugs?

    Here's the official change list from the Apple Update installer:

    1. Performance improvements for Top Sites

    2. Stability improvements for 3rd-party plug-ins

    3. Stability improvements for websites with online forms

    4. Accessibility improvements when filling out online forms while using 3rd-party screen readers

    5. Improved memory usage when Safari uses a wide variety of fonts

    6. Fixes an issue that prevented Safari from changing settings on some Linksys routers

    7. Fixes an issue that prevented some users from commenting on documents

    See? It's all about stability and performance. And a couple of minor 'issues'.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Did i hear....

      .....'fanboi' whispering in the wind.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Did you see

        anything going over your head? I believe the first post was a well done bit of sarcasm.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      read more carefully

      The description starts with "This update ... includes improvements to performance, stability, and security including: ...", so it's not a complete list. And there's the link at the bottom to Apple's page on security updates.

    3. Anonymous Coward

      did you miss the Apple advisory perhaps?

      It was at the bottom of the article...lots of security fixes - as is often the case with Apple, most vulnerabilities were several months old. - rated these as 'highly critical' rather than 'minor issues'.

      Not entirely their fault since the worst offenders were issues with webkit....although I suppose you could argue that maybe its time for Apple to drop the pretence and actually develop its own web browser.

  2. sleepy

    If interested,

    you can subscribe to the product-security list at and know about these things just as fast as the Register.

    I presume some of the vulnerabilities also apply to other Webkit browsers such as Chrome, and on mobile platforms (RIM, Nokia).

  3. Anonymous Coward


    The Safari user will be really pleased!

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