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Wednesday, 05 May 2010 17:36

Opera 10.53 plugs security hole


Opera Software has released yet another version of the Opera browser to fix an "extremely severe" security vulnerability.

It makes you wonder what's going on when a new version of a browser is superseded before you've even taken it for a test drive.

That's what just happened to me with Opera. A matter of days after Opera 10.52 was released, version 10.53 appeared in response to the discovery of an "extremely severe" vulnerability that meant "Multiple asynchronous document modifications can be used to execute arbitrary code". The problem only affects the Windows and Mac OS X versions.

I'm all in favour of updates and patches being released promptly, so I'm not complaining about the timing.

But I am slightly worried that this afternoon, when I launched 10.52 for the first time, the Check for Updates command told me the browser was up to date. I knew that was wrong, so I checked again and this time was told that 10.53 was available.

It's also somewhat frustrating that the update involves downloading the entire 16MB installer, rather than just a patch.

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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 and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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