Shortly after the release of Safari update 6.0.2 on the Mac App Store, Apple has apparently pulled the update from the Mac App Store, and Safari 6 entirely from the Downloads section of their support website. Confusingly, Safari 6 is no longer visible as a direct download on the Apple website and users, including myself, who try to download the update from the Mac App Store are met with an error message or a non-responsive download.
It’s not clear why the company have chosen to remove the entire Safari 6 downloads section, as many users will have already downloaded the latest update and installed it. Additionally, the update is not showing up in the Apple security document that users are directed to read as part of the update process.
The Mac App Store was launched today by Apple and welcomed by the majority of Mac users as an excellent resource where software can be easily found, purchased and installed. At launch, around 1000 apps were made available for download but as the new Mac App Store continues to grow, no doubt at the same rate as the iTunes App Store, more and more apps for accessing various services will become available. As a result, more users will use an app to access their favorite services. Does this ease of access therefore signal the end of internet browser popularity?
Think about it. Aside from your e-mail program and word processor, what is the other type of program that you use more than any other? Your web browser. Be it Safari, Firefox, Opera or Chrome, you use your web browser to access pretty much any remote third party for things such as shopping, news, information, social networking or entertainment. But the Mac App Store has the potential to change all that with dedicated apps that offer better and more comprehensive functionality than a website ever could. Continue reading
An update to the Safari web browser for Mac and PC was released by Apple today and is available for download from the Apple site now. The update is focused on minor improvements including more stability, more accurate search results and better pop-up blocking ability.
Safari 5 has been around for about 6 months and Apple typically released betas of new versions for testing. There is no word yet on when Safari 6 will be released but with the next version of FireFox (version 4) in late beta and scheduled for release in early 2011, it is a safe bet that Apple will be issuing a beta for Safari 6 around that time as well.
Last week, we reported on the security flaw in Safari that can allow unscrupulous websites to steal user data through the Autofill function which pulled data from the users address book.
With the release of Safari 5.0.1 and 4.1.1 (what do you mean you haven’t upgraded to Safari 5 yet), Apple have now fixed the security flaw.
The original flaw was spotted by Jeremiah Grossman of White Hat security and Apple was notified of it on June 17th. The flaw attracted widespread media attention after it was made public last week following Apple’s failure to issue a rapid fix.
You can get the updates by running Software Update.
If your intentions are unscrupulous then
It has been reported by WhiteHat Security that Safari contains a vulnerability found in the Autofill function that may enable unscrupulous individuals to tap into information contained in user’s personal address books.
Jeremiah Grossman from WhiteHat has put up a blog post detailing the problem and illustrating how a website can gain access to personal information such as name, address, employment, e-mail address etc. You can disable this by unchecking the box that allows Safari to use info from your address book card as displayed above.
Jeremiah has submitted the problem to Apple but has only received an auto-response. Now that this issue has gathered a bit of steam in the media it is likely that Apple will be forced to address the problem very quickly. The company has a history of responding to security holes very quickly so keep an eye out for a fix.
Meanwhile, visit Jeremiah’s blog post to get in the in depth information on the problem.
If you’d prefer your privates to remain private then
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