March 27, 2008 (Computerworld) Developers responsible for Apple Inc.'s Safari browser engine and Opera Software ASA's flagship browser raced yesterday to announce that in-development versions passed the new Acid3 Web test with flying colors.
A Mozilla Corp. executive, while acknowledging that the company's browser is not as compliant with Acid3 as its rivals, called the test "a puzzle game" and said Mozilla would press ahead with work on Firefox 3 rather than devote resources to improving its Acid3 score.
Opera and Safari Pass Acid3
Posted 28 March 2008 - 07:28 PM
Posted 28 March 2008 - 07:58 PM
It seems that Apple just hasnít thought through the mechanism for pushing Safari 3.1 for Windows through the Apple Software Update tool. Not only is Apple pushing this update aggressively and messed up the EULA big style, but it turns out that the browser is being pushed to unsupported operating systems.
Thanks to a tip I received from David Corley, who describes himself as a ďan Irish ZDNet regular reader,Ē Apple is pushing Safari 3.1 for Windows to the Windows 2000 platform, despite the fact that this OS isnít supported and also overlooking the fact that the browser wonít actually install properly on this version of Windows.
According to the Safari 3.1 for Windows download page on the Apple website, only Windows XP and Windows Vista are supported, but as the following set of images clearly demonstrate, Apple is pushing Safari 3.1 to Windows 2000 users, but the installer isnít compatible and fails .
Maybe they should stop trying to attain meaningless awards and start focusing on something basic, like which OS the browser will work on?
Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:00 AM
This one too!
They were able to exploit a brand new 0day vulnerability in Apple's Safari web browser. Coincidentally, Apple has just started to ship Safari to some Windows machines, with its iTunes update service.
That he should have such an exploit just hanging around waiting to go suggests Safari, while it might be wonderfully compliant, isn't as safe as could be hoped. And these days, safety is arguably more valuable than standards compliance.
The MAC was compromised very early on the second day of the competition. On the second day, they allowed the contestants to click on URL links from the computer, the Vista and Ubuntu boxes were both still solid through this test.
It took 3 days, 2 teams working together, and 3rd party software being installed to hack the Vista SP1 box. Note, of course, that the Adobe Flash was hacked, not Vista.
Posted 01 April 2008 - 08:01 PM
I read those articles too and agree wholeheartedly with you. I also read that Safari only implemented the portions of SVG animation necessary to pass the Acid3 test, rather than deal with implementing support for it properly. Kinda defeats the purpose of the tests if you ask me.
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