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Opera 12.17 out

Hi all users of Opera 12,

Though I have been a long time in Opera, this is my first blog post for the Desktop team. I normally write over at the Security blog, but since this Opera update is purely about deep security layers, I figure it is time to try something new :)

weatherBut before I can tell you about the security fixes, there is the mandatory weather update. Since a picture says more than a thousand words, here is one with today’s view from the Desktop wing (note the guy sunbathing in the middle).

As discussed in our blog post about Heartbleed, the standalone autoupdater for Opera 12 on Windows was vulnerable to a Heartbleed attack from someone who would be in possession of a valid Opera certificate. While fixing this, we also found another issue with our autoupdate on Windows which might be exploited by someone in possession of such a certificate. Successful exploitation, which would require using a third, unrelated bug on Windows, could allow a mischievous man in the middle to run arbitrary code on the computer. Opera 12.17 is therefore a recommended security upgrade on Windows. While it is unlikely that someone has gained access to a certificate of ours, we cannot rule out that some foreign intelligence agency has done so, and we want to be on the safe side.

Opera 12 for Windows will update itself automatically. Mac and Linux are not affected, and will not receive a 12.17 update.

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Welcome to the new home of Desktop blog

Hello World :)

Welcome to the Opera Desktop blog’s new blogging platform.

Here, discussion capabilities are better for everyone. Comments are threaded, and you can rate them. Hopefully this will let you see our Monday replies to your Friday questions, and make the most important points easier to access.

With the blog change, we plan to be more active in discussing with you. We also plan to give more behind-the-scenes information about what we’re working on and how we’re doing it, as well as news about specific builds.

Stay tuned for more!

ps. if you like to get more information about my.opera, this can be found at the old blog.