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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.3.9 update

updated 08:15 pm EDT, Fri April 15, 2005

Mac OS X 10.3.9 update

Apple today released , as anticipated yesterday in an Apple Knowledge Base document. According to Apple, the 10.3.9 Update, recommended for all users, delivers overall improved compatibility and reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther", including improvements to file sharing and directory services reliability for mixed Mac and PC networks; Mail, Safari and Stickies application reliability; compatibility for third-party applications and devices; and previous standalone security updates. It is available via the Software Update Control Panel.




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  1. vexlur

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    All good, so far.

    clean install and boot on a G4 PowerBook

  1. dimplemonkey

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Clean install? Pah!

    I have to install it straight on without taking any of the precautionary measures that the rest like to do because I love to drag it through the mud and show how stable this puppy is. No, this is definitely not for the faint of heart but at least I can tell you what happened.

    Went to the Software Update app, downloaded the update while I was still in Firefox (G5), Safari, iTunes, and PlayPod. At the time of disk optimizing, I was deleting files from several folders when the finder's desktop completely disappeared (oh well! I guess no more file maintenance for me). I went ahead and closed all my apps at 96% completion and waited for the ubiquitous reboot notice. When it finished, I clicked reboot and the screen went completely blank with just my wallpaper staring back at me. I still heard disk activity so I waited until it was done and then I turned off the G5.

    It booted up fine, everything is working well, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah.

    Coming up later this month, kiddies. I will attempt to install Tiger without a backup and without a clean format of my hard drive. Hey! Someone's gotta do it!

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Major security flaw.

    "Safari
    Available for: Mac OS X v10.3.9, Mac OS X Server v10.3.9
    CVE ID: CAN-2005-0976
    Impact: Remote sites could cause html and javascript to run in the local domain.
    Description: This update closes a vulnerability that allowed remote websites to load javascript to execute in the local domain. Credit to David Remahl for reporting this issue."

    The fact that there is a "local domain" in which Javascript can be run from Safari and execute with rights not available to "non-local-domain" code means that Apple has copied the irretreivably flawed "security zones" model from Microsoft.

    I have no idea why they did this, when KHTML (which is what Apple's web code is derived from) supports an inherently secure mechanism for granting extra rights to web pages when they are explicitly rendered by applications (such as Dashboard) that do not directly perform internet access.

    I hope for all our sakes that Apple figures out that this is an unworkable technique and backs out of this model before they end up following Internet Explorer and Windows into the "hot ward".

  1. arjay

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Safari is bursted

    Updated to 10.3.9 and can no longer use Safari at all. It crashes everytime I try to open it.

  1. sreinhardt

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Dual G4 450 OK

    No problems at all.

  1. ATPTourFan

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    PowerBook G4 667

    Updated iMovie, iPhoto, iSight, and then Mac OS X 10.3.9 all while running Safari, iChat, Mail, and Activity Monitor (among others).

    No problems here.

  1. monsoonstorm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    PB G4 1.33 OK

    I too went the messy route.

    Everything seems fine. Can't vouch for safari as I don't use it.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    iBook 500 Dual USB

    iLife updates & 10.3.9 - all GO.

  1. cyberhomie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Safari problem too

    Safari is crashing on me every time I try to open it. I have ran full Cocktail run (prebinding, clean caches, repair permissions...) still doesnt work. ARG!

  1. cyberhomie

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    figured it out

    I posted this to Apple's Discussions also:

    I think it is a problem with SIMBL. I fixed the crash by removing AcidSearch and SafariGrowl plugins from /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/ directory. You may want to check your user account also (~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/) I dont have Saft installed but I think I remember that Saft uses SIMBL also. So get rid of SIMBL plugins - fix Safari 1.3!

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