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daveinpoway
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[Security] Lack of Safari 6 on Snow Leopard

Since Apple is planning on releasing security updates for SL (at least for awhile), it would be nice if they ported Safari 6 to this operating system, so that SL users can take advantage of the security fixes in the new browser version. It is my understanding that Safari 6 has hundreds of Webkit security fixes.



skeechan
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I had the same question a while back

»Question about webkit

I ended up switching to Chrome on that box.


rugby
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Unless there is a massive security issue Apple only supports the currently shipping OS and the one prior to it.


daveinpoway
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Shouldn't hundreds of Webkit security flaws be considered "a massive security issue"?



skeechan
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Depends on how bit the security issues are. I don't think there are "hundreds" of security flaws patched by Safari 6...bugs maybe but not security issues. Most of the recent security issues were Flash and JRE related.


daveinpoway
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According to this article (»www.h-online.com/security/news/i···849.html ), there were more than 160 security issues that were recently fixed in the Windows version of iTunes, but many/most of them had been repaired on Mac OS X in July by the release of Safari 6.

So, if I read this correctly, these 160+ security issues still exist on Macs which do not have Safari 6 installed. The articles says that these vulnerabilities affect HTML-based pages that are displayed in iTunes, but it is conceivable that other web pages (on other sites) are also affected.