Published: Sun, January 26, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google discovers security flaws in Apple Safari browser

Google discovers security flaws in Apple Safari browser

By taking advantage of this loophole of the Safari browser, hackers could see the browsing history of the consumer and websites could track the consumer's behavior, though Apple has now fixed this bug.

An Apple spokesman on Wednesday confirmed that the flaws found by Google and highlighted in the Financial Times' story were patched previous year. There were five types of potential attacks that could allow third parties to learn "sensitive private information about the user's browsing habits".

Google researcher, Justin Schuh said on Twitter that though Apple acknowledged the issues reported in the feature in a blog post, none of the changes made by the company actually addressed flaws. The tool was specially crafted to protect Apple product users' privacy, the report says.

This is the third time Google researchers have found flaws in the Apple ecosystem. The system regularly deletes its own cookies and by default blocks third-party cookies, which makes it hard for advertisers to track users.

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Safari's Intelligent Tracking Prevention keeps a list of every website that you interact with and modifies the information sent to each site, whereas other browsers seem to have a set list of sites that they won't share information with.

"You would not expect privacy-enhancing technologies to introduce privacy risks", said independent security researcher Lukasz Olejnik.

The flaws were found in a feature known as Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP). In a different flaw, hackers were able to create a persistent fingerprint that can be used to follow the user around the web. According to a document published by Google's security service, in August, Apple notified Apple about various shortcomings of its anti-tracking technology, Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP). They have also found that a cybercriminal can develop a user-specific signature by exploiting an existing flaw, which would let them track the victims wherever they go.

Google engineers said a tool Apple Inc. developed to help users avoid web tracking is fundamentally flawed and creates more problems than it solves. Apple acknowledged the bugs talked about in the picture had been patched in December, nevertheless declined to observation further.

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