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Apple Safari

Developers: Apple


Safari - web browser developed by the company Apple, is a part of the operating system Mac OS X and also is distributed for free for OS Windows.

2019: Apple deleted the Do Not Track function from Safari

On February 8, 2019 it became known that Apple deleted support of Do Not Track technology from Safari. Though protection of users against shadowing from the websites was its main task, the technology could be used by malefactors for the same shadowing.

Do Not Track function

The Do Not Track setup in the browser "spoke" to advertisers not to keep track of activity of users on the Internet, however the websites learned to ignore it successfully. Moreover, presence of setup at the browser already in itself helped them with creation of user profiles according to digital fingerprints.

With respect thereto Apple decided to delete support of Do Not Track from the version of Safari 12.1 which is built in future iOS MacOS 12.2 and 10.14.4. According to the cover sheet to the next version of the browser, the company "deleted support of the outdated Do Not Track standard to prevent its possible use as parameter for creation of digital fingerprints".

During creation of digital fingerprints for creation of a user profile are analyzed functionality and settings of its browser, and than their is more, that the picture appears more clearly. Therefore producers of browsers in every way try to complicate process of profiling of users for the websites.

Mozilla, Google and Microsoft do not report yet whether they will continue to use Do Not Track technology in the browsers[1].

2018: Google pays Apple billions to remain the searcher by default in the Safari browser for IOS-DEVICES

At the end of September, 2018 in a note of Goldman Sachs the highest of before the sounding estimates of the amount of payments of Google of Apple corporation was called for the right to remain the search system by default in its browser for Safari IOS-DEVICES. According to the analyst of investment bank Rod Hall, in 2018 Google will pay Apple of $9 billion Read more here.

2011: Cracking of Safari for Windows through vulnerability of zero day

Participants of tender of hackers of hack2own in Moscow in May, 2011 cracked on Thursday the latest version of the Safari browser for Windows. Using vulnerability of zero day (vulnerability which was not known earlier) in the browser from Apple, authors of cracking started the application calculator without the knowledge of the owner of the computer. The harmless program was selected to show vulnerability work: if on site participants of tender there were malefactors, they would start not the calculator, but a malicious code. The tender hack2own takes place within the forum Positive Hack Days devoted to practical questions of information security.

According to the author of cracking, the technical director of the company of CISSRT (researches in the field of security of software) Nikita Tarakanov to crack the browser, it and his colleagues created the special web page on which the reference to potentially malicious code was placed. Click-through automatically starts this code which, in turn, starts the calculator.

As one of organizers of tender, the head of the research center of Positive Technologies company Alexander Anisimov told RIA Novosti, applications for tender were submitted by several applicants, but only the option from CISSRT was working and original.

Tarakanov told RIA Novosti that in to the operating system Mac OS X vulnerability of Safari leads only to the emergency termination of work of the browser. However, according to him, it does not demonstrate higher security of Mac OS X - vulnerability does not work because of a difference in the principles of work with memory of these operating systems.

The winner of competition won a prize - the notebook of Toshiba with Safari set on it.

Earlier the Safari browser was cracked by participants of other similar tender which was taking place at a conference on security of CanSecWes in Vancouver (Canada) in March.

2009: Safari functions

According to information June, 2009 of Safari is allocated a set of properties which all modern web observers, such as have: blocking of pop-up windows, use of tabs and scaling. Also this browser is supplied with the Snapback function which allows to return instantly to initial search results or to the top level of any website even if the user went on several levels down. The SnapBack icon appears in a search box when clicking the link on the page of search results.

In Safari the same technologies of Apple for work with graphics, as in Mac OS X are used. This web observer automatically recognizes the websites using non-standard fonts and loads them as required. Safari could not become more popular because of some problems with compatibility of Windows, also Safari does not save the page with images.


The first versions of the Safari web browser appeared in 2003.