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Apple today released a new version of Safari 14.1 for macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave users, with the update introducing fixes for two WebKit vulnerabilities that were patched in macOS Big Sur yesterday.

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Apple's support document for the updated Safari release confirms that it addresses the same WebKit memory corruption issue and an integer overflow bug for users of older versions of macOS.

Both of these vulnerabilities may have been actively exploited, so it's important for users to upgrade immediately.

Apple says that the new Safari 14.1 release includes the security content of the 14.1 update that was released on April 26, 2021. It has a build number of15611.1.21.161.7 on macOS Catalina and 14611.1.21.161.7 on macOS Mojave.

Article Link: Apple Releases New Safari 14.1 Update for macOS Catalina and Mojave With Security Fix
 
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countryside

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Thank you, Apple! I appreciate all the security updates. :)

I am stubborn and will not switch to Chrome or Firefox. Though, I do wish Safari worked on more websites. :( This new extension App Store has been great. Love the DuckDuckGo extension.
 

xmach

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Why is it that both the base OS and Safari had to be patched yesterday with macOS 11, whereas in today's updates only Safari had to be patched for macOS 10.14 and 10.15?
 
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xmach

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Security Update 2021-003 Mojave was released 4/26

that (presumably) was for a separate matter, corresponding to macOS 11.3.

yesterday, just a week after the release of macOS 11.3.0 and corresponding supplemental updates to macOS 10.14.6 and macOS 10.15.7, macOS 11.3.1 was released, along with an updated version of Safari 14.1 for macOS 11.

Today, an updated version of Safari 14.1 was released for macOS 10.14 and 10.15 -- however the base OS in neither 10.14 nor 10.15 was updated. It is this inconsistency that I'm wondering about.
 

doboy

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They released 14.1 on 4/26 and pulled it last Fri/Sat for some other reason, likely broke something per usual, and finally brought it back w/ the fix + new security updates. Seriously, Apple just plain sucks at these updates now.
 
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countryside

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What’s the DuckDuckGo extension do and how do I enable?
Here is a link for the DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials extension:

It essentially blocks trackers, which I know is now built into Safari to some extent. However, it is said that the DuckDuckGo one is more thorough. Also, optionally can put it on the menu bar and they give you a A-F rating of the website. I just let it run in the background though.

MacRumors used to be a D. Now it is a B. Thank goodness.

Here are two screenshots. DuckDuckGo blocked 4 trackers, Apple blocked 3. I have found DuckDuckGo always blocks more, and it will ensure I have an encrypted connection.


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subjonas

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How long does it take to show up usually? No safari update shows up in “software updates” for me. It only shows Big Sur update. I’m running Mojave.
 

Westside guy

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Have an old Mac mini on 10.13 (High Sierra) that’s still in use

Any suggestions?
Use Brave or Firefox?
If I were running an OS that no longer got security updates, I'd probably use Firefox with NoScript. It'd be a pain in the neck, at least at first - but it'd be reasonably secure.

I'm going to be facing that decision when the next macOS comes out, since Mojave will fall off the support train at that point. My original thought was to virtualize Mojave, although that's not a good long-term plan until / unless Parallels or VMware comes out with something that runs on M1 but can handle x86 virts.
 
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