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Safari now supports EV SSL certificates

Apple has quietly released Safari 3.2 which adds support for EV SSL certificates. This addresses a big security concern for many including PayPal's Chief Information Security Officer, Michael Barrett who previously made this comment because of Safari's lack of EV SSL support:

Apple, unfortunately, is lagging behind what they need to do, to protect their customers. Our recommendation at this point, to our customers, is use Internet Explorer 7 or 8 when it comes out, or Firefox 2 or Firefox 3, or indeed Opera.

The new support for EV SSL certificates should help in fighting phishing attacks. Whenever a user visits a site using a supported EV SSL certificate they will see the name of the company in green in the top right corner of the browser.

EV SSL Certificates in Safari 3.2

While this is a very minimalistic notification, similar to how Google Chrome approaches it, it will be a great boon to the security of the Safari browser. Other new features added in version 3.2 include some security fixes, improved JavaScript performance, and a slightly newer version of Webkit, improving its Acid3 score.

Originally posted on Sun Nov 16, 2008