Safari 7.0.6 & Safari 6.1.6 with Security Updates Released for Mac
Apple has released a small update to Safari for Mac OS X, versioned as Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6. Both updates contain important security fixes and improved memory handling, and Apple recommends that all Mac users install the updates.
The simplest way to download the latest version of Safari is through the Mac App Store. Go to the Apple menu and choose “Software Update”, where the update should be available, if it’s not shown you may need to refresh the App Store. The download is fairly small, weighing in around 56MB for OS X Mavericks users. Which version is visible to you will depend on your version of OS X, and the version of Safari that is currently installed on the Mac.
Release notes accompanying the Safari 7.0.6 security update are the following, courtesy of Apple Support:
“About the security content of Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6
This document describes the security content of Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6
Safari 6.1.6 and Safari 7.0.6
▪ WebKit Available for: OS X Lion v10.7.5, OS X Lion Server v10.7.5, OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.4
Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution
Description: Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.”
Even if you don’t use Safari as the primary web browser on a Mac, it’s a good idea to install the security updates made available through OS X. Other than being good security policy, some third party apps may use the Safari WebKt engine to display content or data through certain application features.