Apple Issues Security Updates for Safari – Taking it to Version 5.04

Posted by at 9:45 pm on March 14, 2011

Apple has issued security updates for its Safari 5 web browser. The update affecting Safari 5 for Mac and Windows fixes more than 60 flaws and upgrades the web browser to version 5.0.4.

Unlike most other computing firms, including Microsoft and Adobe, Apple does not assign severity levels to the vulnerabilities discovered in its products.

As many as 57 of the bugs could be exploited via drive-by download if a user simply visits a malicious website using an unpatched version of Safari.

Most of the flaws are described as memory corruption issues affecting WebKit, the framework used to render web pages, according to Apple’s advisories.

This update contains improvements to stability, compatibility, accessibility and security, including the following:

  • Improved stability for webpages with multiple instances of plug-in content
  • Improved compatibility with webpages with image reflections and transition effects
  • A fix for an issue that could cause some webpages to print with incorrect layouts
  • A fix for an issue that could cause content to display incorrectly on webpages with plug-ins
  • A fix for an issue that could cause a Screen Saver to appear while video is playing in Safari
  • Improved compatibility with VoiceOver on webpages with text input areas and lists with selectable items
  • Improved stability when using VoiceOver

For detailed information on the security content of this update, please visit this site: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

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