Opera 12.16 Security Issues.

  • I'm running Opera 12.16 on Win 7 with MS firewall and anti-virus.

    (And will continue to so until there is a proper bookmarks manager and Notes capability).

    Should I be overly concerned with security issues considering this version has not been updated in months?

  • I don't think you need to worry. They said that they are still maintaining 12.xx, so if any severe security issues are discovered they will issue 12.17 etc. Most of us are still using an old version — I am still using 11.64, though I don't visit dodgy sites, and don't do online banking.

  • Originally posted by browzer1:

    Should I be overly concerned with security issues considering this version has not been updated in months?

    No. According to secunia there are no known security issues with Opera 12. For now, Opera ASA also promised to provide security updates for some time, but didn't give an exact timeframe.

    Originally posted by browzer1:

    (And will continue to so until there is a proper bookmarks manager and Notes capability).

    As far as I know, notes won't come back. But they said the same thing about bookmarks in the first place.

  • The reality in hacker-land is that the exploits get developed against the most productive targets. That is, those browsers with the most demonstrated flaws and/or the largest usage (market share). Like anyone else, all hackers have limited time and money, and their efforts are most often expended where the best and most likely returns will be reaped. That isn't to say a hacker won't bother with Opera, because they have and perhaps will continue to. But it means that the aggregate hacking horsepower will be mostly aimed at the browsers sharing 90+% of the market, and you can tell pretty quickly who those are. Security-by-obscurity is grossly inefficient, but it certainly helps.

    Opera has stated they'll support 12.16 for the foreseeable future at a security-patch level, and I take them at their word. In the past, they've been very faithful in patching holes, both publicly and privately reported. And, there's also the public vulnerability listings like Secunia that report new software vulnerabilities, whether they're patched or not. So keep one ear to the ground for such reports, regardless... I've done it for years, and it's good security policy when running any kind of equipment connected online.

  • The problem with a new Opera's patches - they broke more than they fixed.

  • Originally posted by STNG:

    The problem with a new Opera's patches - they broke more than they fixed.

    Which is why it's problematic to change design horses in mid-stream. The Presto coder departures and Blink gear-up occurred in the midst of the 12.1x development, and the impact was indeed felt. It's why I'm still at 12.14 with Opera. Nevertheless, it's a done deal now, and we have to go on from here in the world as it exists, not as we'd necessarily like it to be. My only genuine current concern with the 12.1x series is what might happen if a major vulnerability turns up affecting the entire 11.x-12.x range... is there enough Presto experience and insight left to truly patch it, or would that only result in whatever vulnerable function(s) simply being shut down via a patch - or even hasten the official demise of Old Opera? I guess we'll just have to wait and see how things work out... during which time, I'm gaining experience with other browsers beyond Opera 12.x, just in case. ;)

  • Opera 12.14 here too. Running it by default in Sandboxie: http://www.sandboxie.com/
    Plus Online Armor firewall, Emisoft Anti-Malware, Malwarebytes, Hitman Pro free. (Even Kaspersky free sometimes to double check.)

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