updated 12:30 pm EDT, Wed August 17, 2005
64-bit computing glitch
Apple's latest Mac OS X security update, , the problem was confirmed internally and then with Apple by Wolfram Research, the makers of Mathematica software. Wolfram Research began informing its customers via email on Tuesday, stating that the security update disables its flagship Mathematica software as well as any 64-bit-native application. Apple was apparently unable to offer a workaround for the problem, but said it is currently investigating and plans to offer a revised update to correct the issue in the near future.
Affected users running Mathematica 5.2 will experience a MathLink error when trying to do any computation, and running MathKernel directly from the command line will crash on startup. Wolfram Research told customers that apple assured that it had stopped automatic distribution of the security update by Tuesday evening; however as of Wednesday morning the software was still available from Apple's website and via Mac OS X Software Update.