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safari 5.1.7 end of life?

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powerbook1701 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)
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Nov 28, 2012 4:15 PM

It would seem that Safari 517 isn't going to be updated. I've seen updates for Lion and ML, and SL is getting Java and security updates.

At this point, is Safari 5.1.7. "safe" to still use (since it's not getting updates)?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.8), 15" 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 4GB AG
  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 5:06 AM (in response to powerbook1701)

    I'm still on 5.0.3.

     

    Disable Java and forbid data storage and you shouldn't have much problem.

  • Mark Jalbert Level 5 Level 5 (4,385 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 5:18 AM (in response to powerbook1701)

    Safari 6 fixed numerous vulnerabilies within the WebKit framework. How many translate into 10.6 is unknown. I would use a web brower that is still being updated.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 9:17 AM (in response to powerbook1701)

    I wouldn't use Safari on 10.6 anymore, and Safari 6 is... well let me quote John Gruber

     

    https://twitter.com/gruber/status/273495776351633408

     

    Use Firefox instead, it's at 17 now and gets updates etc., plus it's the best customizable web browser for powerusers with all the choices, themes, persona's, extensions one could ever want or need and no Google spyware installed.

     

     

    Plus Webkit is a security nightmare, iTunes, Safari and Chrome all use it. So avoid it with Firefox instead.

     

     

     

    Basically what has occurred is with 10.7/10.8 and these new 64 processors/OS is that there really isn't a RAM limit anymore like on 32bit processors.

     

    So programmers don't have to write such tight code, they can and often bloat it up in order to take up as much RAM as possible and thus is why it was suggested that 10.7 have 4GB of RAM, but now it appears 10.8 rather prefers 8GB.

     

    Apple has a interest of keeping the likes of Google off their platform, because Google, with much RAM at it's disposal, could essentially create a web browser/platform with programs in it.

     

    So to defeat this, Apple gives Safari special preference and also is bloating it's memory footprint, also to cause hardware turnover. So the next machien you buy you have to think about getting 16GB of RAM standard.

     

    Eventually the 4GB and 8GB RAM machines will start slowing down if Safari and other standard OS X code needs more than 8GB to boot with.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 4:32 PM (in response to powerbook1701)

    I currently run 5.0.5 on SL. I've experienced no security issues running it. IMO, Safari 6 is a sap to iOS nonsense and shall remain off my Lion installation. I've not found a way to run 5.1.7 on ML, but would if I could.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,460 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 5:36 PM (in response to baltwo)

    post 6 at http://viva2ch.net/mac/1343583651-400.html claims to have got it working, I've not tested here, but if it does, the multisafari method would likely work too.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 6:11 PM (in response to andyBall_uk)

    Thanks. I might give that a whirl later. The main issue that others posted revolve around deleting or removing the SafariServices frameworks installed by ML.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 5:59 AM (in response to powerbook1701)

    powerbook1701 wrote:

     

    The recent Security update 2013-001 brought SL's Safari to version 5.1.8.

     

    Yes it sure did, what a relief.

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