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Apple Issues Windows Safari Bug Fixes

Apple today issued software updates to fix at least three security vulnerabilities in the new version of the Safari Web browser, designed for Windows PCs.

The fixes are available in a new version of the browser, Safari 3.0.1 Public Beta for Windows, available at this link, or via the Apple Software Update application bundled with versions of QuickTime and iTunes for Windows. Apple says none of these flaws introduce security holes in Mac OS X versions of the browser.

The updates come less than four days after the company released Safari for Windows. Within hours of the browser's initial release, security researchers began pounding it with "fuzzer" programs, which are free tools designed to rapidly find security holes in software.

Altogether, three different researchers claimed to have found a total of eight security holes, though Apple's security advisory doesn't credit any researchers in particular.

It should be stressed that companies often release software in beta form as an invitation to let their user communities contribute to ironing out bugs. As a result, I would expect to see several more updates in quick succession. So unless you're a developer or simply dying to use Safari on Windows, it may be simpler (and safer) in the longer run to wait for Apple to push out a final release of the program.

By Brian Krebs  |  June 14, 2007; 10:15 AM ET
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  
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