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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:43

Apple plugs browser vulnerabilities with Safari update Featured


Apple has released updated versions of its Safari browser for OS X to patch dozens of vulnerabilities.

New versions of Apple's Safari web browser provide bug and security fixes, along with one new feature in the Mavericks version.

Safari 6.1.3 for Lion and Mountain Lion provides the customary "improvements to compatibility, stability and security."

Specific changes called out by Apple are a fix for an issue that could cause the search and address field to load a webpage or send a search term before the return key is pressed, support for generic top-level domains (so that Safari loads the requested page instead of treating it as a search term), and strengthened Safari sandboxing.

Safari 7.0.3 for Mavericks contains similar changes plus one new feature - the ability to completely block sites from requesting permission to send push notifications.

The updates address 26 vulnerabilities in WebKit that could allow arbitrary code execution.

More than half were discovered by the Google Chrome Security Team, but some surfaced in recent security competitions.

A further WebKit vulnerability discovered by Ian Beer of Google Project Zero made it possible to bypass sandbox restrictions to read arbitrary files.

Details of the security content will be available at Apple security updates.

Safari 6.1.3 is available via Software Update for Lion or the Mac App Store for Mountain Lion, and Safari 7.0.3 is available via the Mac App Store.

Safari was last updated in February, alongside the release of OS X Mavericks 10.9.2.

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Now’s the Time for 400G Migration

The optical fibre community is anxiously awaiting the benefits that 400G capacity per wavelength will bring to existing and future fibre optic networks.

Nearly every business wants to leverage the latest in digital offerings to remain competitive in their respective markets and to provide support for fast and ever-increasing demands for data capacity. 400G is the answer.

Initial challenges are associated with supporting such project and upgrades to fulfil the promise of higher-capacity transport.

The foundation of optical networking infrastructure includes coherent optical transceivers and digital signal processing (DSP), mux/demux, ROADM, and optical amplifiers, all of which must be able to support 400G capacity.

With today’s proprietary power-hungry and high cost transceivers and DSP, how is migration to 400G networks going to be a viable option?

PacketLight's next-generation standardised solutions may be the answer. Click below to read the full article.


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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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