Opera 10.53 Is Out, Fixes Extremely Severe Vulnerability
Article by George Norman
On 03 May 2010
Last week Norwegian software developer Opera software announced to the world that version 10.52 of its Opera web browser had been released to Windows and Mac users, as a final, stable application. Opera Software announced at the time that the browser came with under the hood changes that made it even faster, and some UI changes that made Opera prettier than ever before.

Just to put things in perspective, Opera Software announced that the 10.52 for Mac is a whole 10 times faster than the 10.10 version of the browser. And thanks to Opera Turbo, the browser offers fast browsing speeds even when the user is on a congested network (like on the train or at the airport).

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This was of course on top of all the other features that made Opera a fantastic web browser – things like private browsing mode, smarter address field, the option to run widgets outside the browser, SVG support, HTML 5 video and whole bunch of other bits and pieces.

By releasing Opera 10.53, Opera Software has also made the browser safer. Version 10.53 comes with a fix for a critical security vulnerability that plagued the browser – version 10.52 for Windows and Mac as well as previous version. If exploited by someone with malicious intent, the vulnerability could allow for remote code execution.

Here’s the official vulnerability description provided by Opera Software: “Multiple asynchronous calls to a script that modifies the document contents can cause Opera to reference an uninitialized value, which may lead to a crash. To inject code, additional techniques will have to be employed.”

Opera Software classified this vulnerability as “extremely severe.” To solve the vulnerability, Opera 10.53 has been rolled out. All users are advised to update their browser to the latest version.

If you would like to get Opera 10.53, you can download the browser here.



Tags: Opera Software, Opera 10.53, Windows, Mac OS X, Browser
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