Safari update brings fixes for WebKit security flaws on Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion


Apple has released a considerably important update for Safari on OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion, patching a WebKit security hole that left users vulnerable.

The updates come in at version numbers 8.0.4, 7.1.4, and 6.2.4 for Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion, respectively.

Available to grab from the Mac App Store update tool on Monday, Apple says the Safari updates fix the following:

  • Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
  • Description: Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.
  • Impact: Inconsistent user interface may prevent users from discerning a phishing attack
  • Description: A user interface inconsistency existed in Safari that allowed an attacker to misrepresent the URL. This issue was addressed through improved user interface consistency checks.

An update is not yet available for the OS X 10.10.3 public and private betas, which includes the new Safari version 8.0.5, but we’d imagine one will be released in the next week or so.

Source: Apple