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Apple Patches Three Bugs In Safari For Windows Beta

Just days after researchers started pulling up bug after bug in Apple's shiny new Safari for Windows beta release, the company issued a new version of the software that patches three of the vulnerabilities.

Safari 3.0.1 Public Beta for Windows fixes two flaws that only affect the Windows version of Apple's browser, along with one vulnerability that affects Windows and also could crash the browser running on the Mac OS X operating system.

"I think it was obvious they had to do this to save the day since there were so many problems with the release," said Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer of the SANS Institute and chief technology officer for the Internet Storm Center, in an interview. "For a beta product like this, it's really in development, so it's for people to play with and test. And they really have."

Ullrich said it's hard to track how many bugs have been found in the beta software this week because some have been posted, but are unproven, and yet others may be duplicates. He estimates that there have been five to 10 proven vulnerabilities found since Monday.

Alfred Huger, vice president of Security Response at Symantec, said he has a tally of four proven Safari for Windows bugs. "It speaks well that they've turned patches around so quickly," he said in an interview. "It's a positive sign that they're being responsible. How quickly a vendor responds is part and parcel of the quality of the software."

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