Google researchers have found “multiple security flaws” in Apple’s Safari browser, a new Financial TImes report says. The bugs were found in Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature which has since been fixed to protect users from cross-site tracking and other online privacy issues.
The Financial Times report cites an upcoming paper in which Google’s cloud team researchers describe the vulnerabilities. Google researchers have found five different attacks, according to the report which could result from the Safari security flaws.
The Intelligent Tracking Prevention has left personal data exposed because of how it “implicitly stores information about the websites visited by the users,” say Google researchers. Ironically Google researchers also claim that a security flaw allowed hackers to create a persistent fingerprint that will follow the user around the web.” Certain vulnerabilities “were able to reveal what individual users were searching for on search engine pages.”
Basically, security flaws in Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention platform made users vulnerable to tracking similar to what the feature is.
In August last year, Google made Apple aware of these vulnerabilities and the Financial Times said Apple rolled out a fix to Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature in December. In a blog post in December, Apple referenced the fixes thanking Google for the support.