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Apple rolls out Safari update with critical security fixes

US CERT calls for admins to install as soon as possible
Fri May 23 2014, 16:36

safari-iconAPPLE HAS ROLLED OUT an update to its Safari web browser which critical flaws in its that had left users open to cyber attacks.

The Safari 6.1.4 and Safari 7.0.4 updates are available now for OS X Lion v10.7.5, OS X Lion Server v10.7.5, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 and OS X Mavericks v10.9.3.

The flaws put users at risk of malware infection via a maliciously crafted website and from denial-of-service attacks.

It is currently not known whether the vulnerabilities have been exploited by hackers, and at the time of publishing Apple had not responded to The INQUIRER's request for comment.

Apple has a policy of not discussing security issues, stating, "For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until a full investigation has occurred and any necessary patches or releases are available."

Despite the lack of firm information regarding the level of threat, the US Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) recommended IT managers running Apple systems install the updates as soon as possible.

"Apple has released updates for Safari to address multiple vulnerabilities, some of which could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service. Users and administrators are encouraged to review Apple Security Update HT6254 and apply the necessary updates," read the US CERT's statement.

This update arrives just days after Apple rolled out Mac OS X 10.9, which fixed a number of critical flaws in iTunes. This update also delivered improved support for 4K displays and the ability to sync contacts and calendars between a Mac and an iOS device using a USB connection. µ


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