Apple Gets Official Welcome To Windows Browser Market, Safari Vulnerabilities Exposed
from the bienvenidos! dept
Steve Jobs delivered one of his regular sermons to the Apple faithful yesterday at the company’s developer conference, with the biggest news being the announcement of a version of Apple’s Safari browser for Windows. While some people saw this as a really big deal, plenty more are nonplussed by the news. In any case, it didn’t take security experts long to welcome Apple to the world of Windows web browsers by revealing some security vulnerabilities of Safari for Windows within a few hours of its release. Despite Apple’s claims that the browser provides “worry-free web browsing on any computer”, the experts say it appears that Safari relies on security protocols built in to OS X that don’t exist in Windows, leaving it open to vulnerabilities. However, the open-source WebKit browser engine that Safari is built on has now released a Windows version, so there’s the possibility that developers could help close some of these holes, while it’s also not as if having a secure browser if a requirement for success in the Windows market (IE would seem to make that clear). Furthermore, it’s likely that the factor determining Safari’s success for Windows won’t be security, but rather its quality when compared to users’ other options.