Safari 5.0.1 Brings Third-party Extensions

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Safari 5 first became available for download last month. Even though that major update introduced several new features, Apple held back a major feature until the release of version 5.0.1. The latest Safari update adds support for third-party browser extensions , something that users of other browsers take for granted.

The newly-launched Safari Extension Gallery features 100 extensions across 16 categories, including social networking, search tools, shopping, and RSS tools. Besides being digitally signed by Apple, the add-ons are confined to a sandbox to guard against the possibility of the extensions posing a security threat.

“The Safari Extensions Gallery is accessible from the Safari menu or at extensions.apple.com. Users can download and install extensions from the gallery with a single click, and there’s no need to restart the browser,” the company said. “Safari Extensions are built with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript web standards, and can have all the power and functionality of advanced web applications.” And, of course, they are “magical and revolutionary” like any other Apple product.

The latest update also patches 15 vulnerabilities, including the recently discovered vulnerability in the browser's AutoFill feature, which could have been used by hackers to harvest personal data.

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