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The Bugs Keep Coming for Safari on Windows

Unless there's a pressing need in your environment, you might want to hold off on installing the beta of Apple's Safari browser for Windows, as every day seems to bring a new bug report.

Following the release of Safari 3.0.2 on Friday, another vulnerability was found Monday by Researcher E. Azizov of ITdefence in Russia. The security hole affects the Windows XP version of the browser, and can lead to a buffer overflow, which could allow an attacker to take over a computer.

Safari on Windows has had trouble out of the gate. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the porting of Safari to at the opening day of Apple's Worldwide Developer conference, and almost immediately, security researchers began finding flaws in it. In fact, by the end of the first day, more than a half-dozen had been found.

Soon after, Apple released a 3.0.1 upgrade, and last Friday came 3.0.2, which patched two more holes.

Apple doesn't mention the vulnerabilities on its website. It merely says the latest version of the beta provides the "latest security updates, improved stability and fixes for text display, non-English systems, and start-up times."

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Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.

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