Norwegian company Opera Software has released a new version of its desktop web browser Opera to the public. The new version is an update to the stable version of the web browser brining the version of it to 12.02. Opera Software as you may now is iterating releases between smaller updates and larger feature-rich updates. The next feature rich update is already in the making and will be released as Opera 12.50 later this year.
Opera 12.02 is a stability and security update for the browser making it a recommended update for all users of Opera 12.01 or earlier.
The release notes highlight the changes in the new release. The most important change is the deactivation of the browser's out-of-process plugin feature under Windows that was introduced in Opera 12.0 as Opera found it to be responsible for crashes, slow-downs and stability issues in Opera. The feature, introduced in Opera 12.0 to improve the browser's stability when running plug-in contents on websites, will receive further analysis so that all issues are resolved before it is activated again in a future version of the Opera Internet browser.
Opera 12.02 furthermore includes several "general fixes and stability improvements" that are not listed in detail on the change log. One issue that is mentioned is a fix for Speed Dial thumbnails for browsers were automatic scaling is enabled.
One security issue with a severity of low has been fixed in the browser version as well. Attackers could use the vulnerability to take advantage of truncated dialogs in the browser to trick Opera users into clicking on buttons on a web page that they believe are part of a dialog window (e.g. downloads).
Opera users should receive update notifications automatically when they start the browser. It is alternatively possible to check for updates manually by clicking on Opera > Help > Check for Updates, or by downloading the latest version directly from the Opera website.
This update should resolve the majority of crashes and freezes that Opera users were experiencing in Opera 12.x versions prior to version 12.02.
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