Google Chrome security update

Google Chrome is the cross-platform web browser from Google Inc. with a hidden auto-update daemon and agent that has wrecked Mac systems and wreaked other havoc, and it has other proprietary Google additions on top of its open-source platform. The latest release includes critical patches for severe security flaws.

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Google Chrome, the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. Google Chrome is a web browser used to access the Internet. Successful exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser. Depending on the privileges associated with the application, an attacker could view, change, or delete data.

Google Chrome 80.0.3987.163 is a free download for OS X 10.10 and up, as well as Linux and Windows.

Google Chrome for iOS 80.0.3987.95 is a free download for iOS 12 and up.

Chromium security update

Chromium is an open-source web browser project on which Google Chrome is built, but it doesn’t include Google’s proprietary alterations, such as the hidden auto-update daemon and agent that wrecked Mac systems and caused other havoc. (Chromium also omits the Adobe/Pepper Flash plug-in with all Flash’s dangerous security flaws.)

The latest version includes high-priority security patches (13 in all), among other changes (sans readable documentation).

Chromium 80.0.3987.149 is a free download for OS X 10.10 and up, available via SourceForge and via FreeSMUG. A separate Chromium updater extension checks FreeSMUG for new releases, and Chromium can also be installed and updated via Homebrew.

Chromium is also available for Linux and Windows.

 

Firefox security update

Firefox, the free, cross-platform web browser from Mozilla, got another update today with important security fixes (following a critical security fix in January then a February update).

Firefox 74.0 is a free download for OS X 10.9 and up, plus Linux, and Windows.

Firefox ESR 68.6.0 (see security notes and downloads) brings the fixes to the Extended Support Release family for OS X 10.9 or later, Linux, or Windows. A Firefox FTP server includes all the various versions for downloading.

Firefox Quantum Developer Edition is an alternate version for desktop systems that incorporates tools such as editors, debuggers and responsive design views. Firefox Quantum for Enterprise is a version that lets people set up policies (e.g. proxy, restrict features) with Group Policy on Windows and a JSON file on Mac and Linux.

Firefox for iOS 22.0 is a free mobile version for iOS 11 and up, with automatic search suggestions, a private browsing mode, tracking protection and Siri Shortcut support for iOS 12.


TenFourFox, the modern Firefox-based web browser for PowerPC-based Macs also got the security update.  TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 20 is free and open-source software for PowerPC-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5.

iCab

iCab is a web browser from Alexander Clauss for iOS devices and Macs, offering quick performance and a rich set of features not all found in other browsers, including kiosk mode, portable web archives, HTML validation, ad blocking, detection of phishing and malware sites, a cache browser, a simple RSS reader, support for alternate style sheets, tags and smart folders for bookmarks, and much more. An extensive set of preferences helps manage security and privacy, as well as performance factors and appearance.

iCab Pro 5.9.1 is priced at just $10 for OS X 10.9 and up and is fully functional in its trial mode (with an “annoying” reminder alert). The latest release fixes some macOS Catalina problems. Older downloads are available for Macs even all the way back to classic Mac OS 7.5!

iCab Mobile is a richly-featured alternative to Apple’s default Safari browser, offering many more features and avoiding some problems, while still supporting Apple technologies, such as Force Touch, AirPrint and the Apple Watch. Highlights include customizable filters to block ads and other problematic content; support for multiple user accounts with separate settings, filters and passwords; extensive privacy protections; a download manager with file transfers to other apps on the device or other computers, plus Dropbox support; a bookmark manager that can save pages offline; the ability to choose the UserAgent (browser) name and quite a bit more.

iCab Mobile 9.14.7 is priced at $1.99 for iOS 8 and up.

TenFourFox

TenFourFox is a Firefox-based web browser, reprogrammed for PowerPC-based Macs with separate downloads optimized for G3, G4 and G5 processors. Providing up-to-date security to the older Mac platform, it offers “the latest bug fixes, security improvements and all the powerful technology underlying Mozilla Firefox”, along with “AltiVec JPEG, HTML and WebM decoding acceleration for G4 and G5 Macintoshes” and JavaScript performance based on a “best-in-class, just-in-time PowerPC script compiler.

TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 19 is free and open-source software for PowerPC-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5. Release 19 brings security fixes and updates.

URL Manager Pro

URL Manager Pro is a bookmark manager from Alco Blom that is independent of any particular web browser and can synchronize bookmarks across Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and other apps. It offers a system-wide bookmarks menu, support for Spotlight searching of bookmarks, and support for gathering URLs from text files and other sources as well as from browsers. Other features include bookmark import/export among various browsers, plus browsing history. (See FAQ for additional details.)

URL Manager Pro offers you an array of powerful features for collecting, manipulating, and using very large collections of URLs. Not just URLs of Web pages, but also the URLs of email addresses, newservers, FTP sites, Telnet hosts, and more.

URL Manager Pro 5.0.1 is priced at $35 for macOS 10.13 and later. Older downloads are available for Mac systems going all the way back to Mac OS 9. The latest release “uses new Apple technologies like Auto Save and Versions, Sandboxing, Notarization and the Share button.”

Firefox: critical security patch (72.0.1)

Firefox 72.0.1 brings a critical security patch for “targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw.”

Version 72.0.0, the previous version released just a day earlier, also brought security fixes, plus additional privacy and security protections and feature updates:

Firefox’s Enhanced Tracking Protection marks a major new milestone in our battle against cross-site tracking: we now block fingerprinting scripts by default for all users, taking a new bold step in the fight for our users’ privacy.

Firefox replaces annoying notification request pop-ups with a more delightful experience, by default for all users. The pop-ups no longer interrupt your browsing, in its place, a speech bubble will appear in the address bar when you interact with the site.

Picture-in-picture video is now also available in Firefox for Mac and Linux: Select the blue icon from the right edge of a video to pop open a floating window so you can keep watching while working in other tabs or apps.

Firefox is the free, cross-platform web browser from Mozilla, promising better privacy than Google’s Chrome and offering an appealing, open-source alternative to Apple’s Safari.

Firefox 72.0.1 is a free download for OS X 10.9 and up, plus Linux, and Windows.

Firefox ESR 68.4.1 (see security notes and downloads) adds the critical security fix to the Extended Support Release family for OS X 10.9 or later, Linux, or Windows. A Firefox FTP server includes all the various versions for downloading.

Firefox Quantum Developer Edition is an alternate version for desktop systems that incorporates tools such as editors, debuggers and responsive design views.

Firefox Quantum for Enterprise is a version that lets people set up policies (e.g. proxy, restrict features) with Group Policy on Windows and a JSON file on Mac and Linux.

Firefox for iOS 20.2 is a free mobile version for iOS 11 and up, with automatic search suggestions, a private browsing mode, tracking protection and Siri Shortcut support for iOS 12.