Tag Archives | auto-update

Safari Auto Installs to Bulk User Numbers?

Rotten Apples? Just think of all the people out there who have installed iTunes and either use it religiously or just have it to say they have it. Now think of all those people all of the sudden got a “magical gift” from Apple that included a free download of Safari the next time they did the Apple Software Update.

Many are pretty angry about Apple using it’s software updating service to push out updates for products people never downloaded. A lot of people are asking, “Well, why would they do this?”.

The answer is simple. They want an easy way into the browser wars. Ridding on the coat tails of Quick Time or iTunes, sneaking onto a person’s PC is the easiest way to do it. John Lilly (Mozilla’s CEO) had a very interesting write up on this worth checking out.

Lets just say, don’t be surprised if in a few months down the road the number of Safari users equals or is a little less than the number of iTunes users. Who would Safari be able to knock down the list? Opera or Firefox?

Could Extensions Hurt You?

Browser SyncExtensions that auto-update? Yeah, there could be a threat there and we aren’t sure when a fix is coming.

This is actually a threat that I had considered once or twice before – but it seems like it is getting a little more “conversation” around the Web this time around. For the best description on what this security hole is all about – lets turn to CyberNet News.

So what’s the problem? When using an extension in Firefox it frequently checks to see if there is a more updated version available, and Firefox will notify the user whether they are running the latest version. Normally the user will agree to the update and proceed with their normal browsing activities, but there could be more going on behind the scenes than the user is actually aware of.

Looks like Firefox isn’t looking to fix this yet till version 3 of the browser rolls out. Folks like Google though have promised to fix any issues with their extensions as soon as they can. All we can hope is that others will follow suit.