Apple releases Safari 3.2

Apple has updated its Safari Web browser to version 3.2. Versions are available for download both for Mac OS X and Windows. Safari is free to download and use. Separate downloads are available for users of Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” and Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating systems.

Apple recommends the update for all Safari users. The 3.2 release improves protection from fraudulent phishing Web sites and offers better identification of online businesses. It also adds the latest security updates.

According to security information posted by Apple, many of the changes to Safari 3.2 are specific to the Windows version, which runs on Windows XP or Vista. But the Mac version gains some improvements too.

According to Apple, disabling autocomplete on a form field may not prevent data in the field from being stored; this update properly clears the form data. Visiting a maliciously-crafted Web site that is designed to exploit a problem with Safari’s handling of JavaScript array indices can lead to an unexpected termination or arbitrary code execution; this update also fixes that problem. Lastly, WebKit’s plug-in interface does not block plug-ins from launching local URL’s; this update addresses that problem by restricting the types of URLs that can be launched through the plug-in interface.

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