macOS Big Sur will be available later this fall instead of launching alongside iOS 14, et al. Safari 14 will be included but it’s not limited to Big Sur. Mac users running macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina can also get the update. Here’s what is new.

Safari 14 Features

You can download Safari 14 by going to System Preferences > Software Update.

  • New tab bar design shows more tabs on screen and displays favicons by default
  • Customizable start page allows you to set a background image and add new sections
  • Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention
  • Removes support for Adobe Flash for improved security

Safari 14 Security Fixes

The latest Safari update also fixes security issues affecting the browser, and you can read more at Apple’s web page. Here are two of them:

WebKit

  • Available for: macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave
  • Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
  • Description: A type confusion issue was addressed with improved memory handling.
  • CVE-2020-9948: Brendan Draper (@6r3nd4n) working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative

WebKit

  • Available for: macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave
  • Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
  • Description: A use after free issue was addressed with improved memory management.
  • CVE-2020-9951: Marcin ‘Icewall’ Noga of Cisco Talos

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paikinho

Wow… put this on my Mojave Machine because I can and I really like the new features and design.
However it is super buggy.
Most of my webpages glitch and reboot or ask to be reloaded every couple of minutes. Some pages I can’t even read because if I scroll they reload.
Frustrating.
Hoping for a fix soon.

Lee Dronick

“Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention”
 
As usual Facebook was involved. What bothers me in particular on that is my bank that was the website.