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What’s New in Safari 6.0.4, Safari 5.1.9

17 April 2013 1,513 views No Comment

In addition to Safari 5 (Snow Leopard) and Safari 6 (Lion/Mountain Lion) specific point updates for Safari, Apple also delivered matching Java patches…

Apple got busy on Tuesday, releasing a half dozen Mac software updates. In addition to Safari 5 (Snow Leopard) and Safari 6 (Lion/Mountain) specific point updates, Apple also delivered matching Java patches. What’s inside? Click through for the details.

Aside from security fixes, the only listed change in the 6.x version is the ability to activate, a.k.a. whitelist, Java for particular sites.

• Safari 6.0.4 for Lion, Mountain Lion (Software Update)
— Allows users to enable the Java plug-in for Safari on a website-by-website basis
— Security fixes

• Safari 5.1.9 for Snow Leopard
— Allows users to enable the Java plug-in for Safari on a website-by-website basis.

• Java for OS X 2013-003 (For Lion/Mountain Lion, download)
— Delivers improved security, reliability, and compatibility by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_45
— See also: Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 15

How to Use Java Whitelisting

Apple has posted a knowledge base article detailing how the new Java app whitelisting functionality in Safari 5 and Safari 6, including configuring sites with Java apps to load automatically, ask for permission or outright deny permission — good stuff.

For what it’s worth, Apple hasn’t update its system-level malware blocker, XProtect, since March 21 — check it for yourself.

Snow Leopard users, believe it or not, Apple still cares if only just a little…

What’s your take?

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