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Apple plugs Safari browser security holes

Apple has released a bumper batch of security patches for Safari, all of which fix flaws in the WebKit platform on which the browser is built.

The 39.2MB update for Windows and Mac OS X plugs 27 holes in the browser, the vast majority of which allow maliciously-crafted web sites to execute arbitrary code or terminate applications.

Unsurprisingly, many of the flaws were originally reported by the Google Chrome development team which also uses WebKit.

The update also has the usual improvements to usability, compatibility, stability, accessibility including better Top Hit results, improved page rendering when using the Flash 10.1 plug-in and better implementation of Facebook, JavaScript and VoiceOver, Apple claims.

Full details of the security holes patched can be found here. The update is available here, or through Software Update under the Apple Menu.