A beta version of Safari 3.0, Apple’s proprietary browser that once ran exclusively on Mac computers, was made available for Windows users this Monday.
Early reports popped up within hours of the beta software going live, with security specialists claiming bugs left and right.
Aviv Raff, David Maynor, and Thor Larholm first made headlines with their bug reports. However, another researcher, Tom Ferris, has claimed the most security flaws, saying he found 10 bugs in less than five minutes.
"That’s horrible, and just goes to show that they took no initiative to fuzz their own software," said Ferris in a PC Advisor story. Even though it’s still in its first public beta form, Ferris had harsh words for Apple. "In order to have a useful beta test of a web browser people need to use it in the real world, which is ultimately exposing them to malware," he said.
In the first 24 hours after Microsoft released a beta version of Internet Explorer 7 in February 2006, users found numerous bugs. Apple is feeling more backlash from this week’s reports, though, because of the company’s long heralded tradition of providing extremely safe software. Prior to releasing the Windows beta, Apple claimed that "Apple engineers designed Safari to be secure from day one."