Apple Safari 5.01 Fixes Security, Adds Extensions - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Cloud // Cloud Storage
News
7/28/2010
02:33 PM
Connect Directly
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Apple Safari 5.01 Fixes Security, Adds Extensions

An update to Apple's Safari Web addresses longstanding complaints about the difficulty of Safari plugin development.




Slideshow: 10 Killer Mac Applications
(click for larger image and for full photo gallery)
In an effort to make Safari more secure and more competitive with other modern Web browsers, Apple on Wednesday released Safari 5.01.

Safari 5.01 addresses 15 security vulnerabilities, one of which -- an AutoFill information disclosure flaw -- was publicly disclosed last week.

But the primary purpose of the updated software is to enable Safari Extensions, a new framework for browser extensions based on HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.

As with Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera, developers have long been able to write extensions or plugins for Safari. But prior to Safari 5.0, the process was not easy. It required some degree of proficiency in Cocoa and Objective-C.

That changed with the introduction of Safari 5.0 in June at Apple's developer conference. Apple developers can now sign up to create Safari Extensions using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and submit them to Apple for inclusion in Apple's Safari Extensions Gallery.

Unlike iOS apps submitted to the Apple's iTunes App Store, Safari Extensions do not have to survive a formal content-based review process.

That's not to say Apple will necessarily include every Safari Extension submitted -- the developer agreement says Apple has complete discretion over inclusion. But the Safari Extension Gallery only points Safari users to the Web sites of extension developers. Apple is unlikely to be as concerned about external content as it is about content on its servers.

The Safari developer agreement only stipulates that Safari Extensions should not be malicious, violate the law, override Apple interface elements or utilize open-source software in a way that would impose a licensing restriction on Apple.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
2021 Outlook: Tackling Cloud Transformation Choices
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  1/4/2021
News
Enterprise IT Leaders Face Two Paths to AI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/23/2020
Slideshows
10 IT Trends to Watch for in 2021
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/22/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Slideshows
Flash Poll