Opera today is rolling out a new update for its browser on Windows. The latest update comes with some important security fixes along with fix for the Windows Installer bugs. The latest update most importantly comes with security fixes for the recent Meltdown and Spectre attacks.
The company having read a lot about security flaws in the processors decided to roll out a fix for the Meltdown and Spectre Attacks albeit a temporary fix since it would take some more time to fully address the issue of security flaws in modern processors.
But to make sure that the users of Opera Browser are well protected, the company decided to roll out a fix for its browser for the stable channel. The latest update is rolled out with new version 50.0.2762.67 bringing with it fixes for the Spectre vulnerability.
“After the change, performance.now() has a precision of 100μs and additionally it has received a small amount of randomness in it. That will make the attacks both much harder and less efficient,” Opera says.
The update also re enables VPNTests when changing countries along with fixing crashing issues for Opera.
“Fully addressing these flaws is something that will take a long time, potentially requiring redesigned hardware, but as a browser vendor we have a duty to protect our users despite the circumstances so we are not waiting,” Opera said in a blog post. You can download Opera for Windows from here.