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Apple delivers security update for problems in its Safari browser

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Apple said earlier today that it has made available a rather large security update for some issues related ot its Safari internet browser.

Apple said that the Safari browser 8.0.4, 7.1.4 and 6.2.4 patches would address seventeen CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in Safari.

The update, which patches the newest version of Safari along with older versions on legacy OS X addresses a number of memory corruption flaws in the WebKit browser, including security vulnerabilities that would allow remote code execution in some instances.

The security patch also addresses a hole that would allow phishing attacks to go undetected, according to Apple's security department.

The company is advising its users to install the patch, though most of the security update will be installed automatically through the Apple Software Update utility.

Users should make certain that their version of Safari is the latest build: version 8.0.4, 7.1.4 or 6.2.4, to prevent any attacks from potential hackers.

However, not mentioned in the security update was a fix for the ongoing private browsing vulnerability plaguing Safari.

That security flaw left some users highly vulnerable to the disclosure of sites visited in private browsing sessions.

Apple's latest fix arrives just over a week from Microsoft's last scheduled update. That fix brought Windows users a whole slew of security patches for vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, including remote code execution flaws.

For its part, Adobe has also followed suit in releasing a security update for various flaws in its Flash plug-in.

Apple credited its own researchers as well as Google Chrome Security Team members in reporting the vulnerabilities.

Source: Apple.

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