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Apple patches security flaws in Safari

Adds to anti-hacking defences
Fri Nov 02 2012, 14:51

SOFTWARE DABBLER Apple has released a Safari web browser update to patch a number of security flaws.

The Igadget designer released the Safari update along with a security update to its IOS mobile operating system on Friday.

The update aims to protect Safari users from drive-by download attacks and fixes a number of Java vulnerabilities in the web browser.

Drive-by download attacks use malicious websites that infect machines with malware when visited.

The update is available now on Apple's OS X Lion v10.7.5, OS X Lion Server v10.7.5 and OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 operating systems.

The release follows a number of high profile attacks on Apple's Mac OS X. Prior to the update several exploits targeting Safari using Java vulnerabilities had been detected.

In July, security firm Intego reported finding the OS X Crisis Trojan. The Trojan was particularly dangerous as it was resilient enough to survive system reboots.

A rise in attacks targeting the Mac OS X ecosystem has led Apple to release other security updates, with experts in the security community warning Apple users that they must start taking cyber security more seriously.

Recently, Kaspersky researcher David Emm warned of criminals' increased interest in Apple's Mac OS X during an interview. µ


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