Apple’s Safari Web browser is seeing its first update of 2010, which includes a set of fixes designed to fill security holes in both Mac and Windows editions of the software.
But the majority of the fixes in Safari 4.0.5 are intended to address security vulnerabilities in WebKit, Safari’s rendering engine (as well as that of other browsers, like Google Chrome.) eSecurityPlanet takes a look at the new release and the holes it patches.
Apple has released a security update for its Safari Web browser, fixing flaws for both Mac and Windows users. But a large number of the vulnerabilities it addresses are housed in the browser’s WebKit rendering engine, which is also in use by rivals, including Google’s Chrome.
Safari 4.0.5 addresses 16 flaws in total, with nine fixes targeting a variety of security vulnerabilities in WebKit. The vulnerabilities could have led to Safari crashing, running arbitrary code or possibly disclosing user information, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) said.