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Apple has released - and perhaps quickly withdrawn - an update for the Mac version of its Safari browser.

Apple's description of Safari 6.0.2 is particularly terse: "Safari 6.0.2 is recommended for all users running OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 and includes security updates."

The Safari update was also released for OS X Lion v10.7.5, the main difference being that the Lion update is delivered via Software Update (as of this writing the installer has yet to be made available via Apple's Support Downloads page) while Mountain Lion users install it via the Mac App Store.

When iTWire tried to download the Mountain Lion update, we initially encountered the "NSURLErrorDomain error -3001" being reported by multiple users. When we checked again before publishing this article, the update had disappeared from the Mac App Store.

There are two security patches in Safari 6.0.2, mirroring those in iOS 6.0.1.

Both issues were in WebKit, the framework used by Safari and other HTML-based applications.

Issues with JavaScript arrays and SVG graphics could have been exploited to run arbitrary code, or may just have caused applications to crash.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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