Nov 14

Creating OSX 10.9 and 10.10 installers (officially)

Apple has a new method for creating a bootable OSX installer. This was for OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) and OSX 10.10 (Yosemite).

Create a bootable installer for OS X Mavericks or Yosemite

Feb 14

SSL Security Patch for iOS and Mac OSX 10.9

Apple has issued patches for a very serious security hole that affects OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) and iOS devices (iPhones, iPods, iPads, Apple TV). You can test if you’re affected by browsing to this test site.

The patch for Mac OSX 10.9 users is to upgrade to 10.9.2. You can do that through Apple Menu/Software Update or downloading and installing the 10.9.2 Combo Updater. Note that either way you’ll have to restart your machine.
The patch for iOS devices can be found by upgrading to iOS 7.0.6 or 6.1.6 in the System Settings/General/Updates settings. Note that devices that can run iOS 7 but are still on iOS 6 may have to go to iOS7 to get the fix. Yes, that is annoying, as some of us have avoided it on our older iPhones etc since it can make the devices run slower.

I recommend doing this soon as you can.


Feb 13

Disable Java

Really, at this point if you want to secure your Mac you ought to disable Java in the browser (if you use it at all–unfortunately Adobe CS suite still requires it) and make sure you’re running the latest Adobe Flash plugins. This helpful article in Slate explains the steps in disabling the Java browser plugin (the dangerous vector for the current Java-targeting malware).

To unplug Java:

  • In Firefox, select “Tools” from the main menu, then “Add-ons,” then click the “Disable” button next to any Java plug-ins.
  • In Safari, click “Safari” in the main menu bar, then “Preferences,” then select the “Security” tab and uncheck the button next to “Enable Java.”
  • In Chrome, type or copy “Chrome://Plugins” into your browser’s address bar, then click the “Disable” button below any Java plug-ins.

Disabling the browser plugin will still allow you to run Adobe CS, but will shut down the ability to get infected by visiting a website.

Might I also recommend AdBlock Plus add on to Firefox to keep Flash from running automatically?

Also everyone please run security updates from Software Update. Recommend going under Apple Menu/Software Update and checking for updates now.

Jan 13

Fixing “sandboxd: mdworker deny mach-lookup” errors

Since upgrading to Mountain Lion (a clean install of OS X 10.8) I’ve been getting occasional very annoying freezes on my macbook pro. They last about four seconds and then the freeze is over and all continues as before. No crashes in Console, but repeated errors like this that correspond to the freezes:

mdworker(21951) deny mach-lookup com.apple.ls.boxd
kernel[0]: Sandbox: sandboxd(21946) deny mach-lookup com.apple.coresymbolicationd

mdworker[21951]: Unable to talk to lsboxd

It seems that Jay Barnes at Princeton has a solution, and it’s not a hurty one like reinstalling the OS. Reboot in safe mode. Then reboot again. Seems too easy. Also makes me wish I had tried clearing caches with Maintenance.

Nov 12

Get “Save As” back in 10.8

Apple sorta gave us back the useful “Save As” in Mountain Lion, but didn’t make it easy to find. A very simple useful system preference edit will make it really work the way it should again.

via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)