Critical Security Updates for Firefox, Safari
Apple and Mozilla have each issued updates to fix a large number of critical security flaws in their respective Safari and Firefox Web browsers. The Apple update, which brings Safari to version 3.2, is reportedly causing many users to experience frequent browser crashes.
According to an article Friday at MacFixIt, some of the problems seem related to several Safari plug-ins, including "Concierge" bookmarks manager, "PithHelmet" ad-blocking software, and "AcidSearch" search enhancement software.
Other problems with this update may be related to a new anti-phishing feature built into Safari 3.2 (Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer have had this feature for more than two years now). MacFixIt and other forums suggest those having trouble with the Safari update should disable the phishing filter and see if that helps. If not, check to see if removing any installed add-ons fixes the problem.
While the Safari update fixes more flaws in the version built for Windows (all 11 flaws fixed in this bundle affect Windows vs. just four on the Mac version), I haven't yet seen any reports of major problems with the Windows flavor.
The Firefox patch is an overall "critical" update that corrects at least nine security holes in the browsers. The update brings Firefox 3 users to 3.0.4, and Firefox 2 users to 126.96.36.199. It looks like Mozilla somehow skipped 188.8.131.52, and Mozilla has said that its last update for the 2.0 version would be 184.108.40.206, which is probably due out before the end of the year.
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