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Apple offers tweaked OS X 10.7.3, Snow Leopard security updates

6 February 2012 1,874 views No Comment

Last week’s OS X Lion update, specifically the delta version, caused some people grief with the result being crashing Apple and third-party apps whereupon a error message garnished with repetitions of “CUI” and question marks — check out a screen grab here.

Although Apple hasn’t fixed the issue at hand, they have forced a work around by pulling the OS X 10.7.3 delta update and redirecting anyone to the Combo Update. Not elegant, but it’s reported to be effective.

That said, in my experience, applying the Combo version of every OS X point-update has to date been the best choice — fewer issues, better performance and, knock on cheap laminate, no regrets. Get the OS X 10.7.3 Combo Update here.

Those who applied the original update and are experiencing problems should install the Combo. Everyone else should sit tight — when in doubt, fire up Software Update.

Apple’s other bad kitty

Apple also released Security Update 2012-011 on February 1 and it caused problems for some people. Once again we’re looking at crashing apps, this time around (mostly) third-party software that relies on the Rosetta PPC emulation environment — Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Quicken, etc.

Rather than issuing a work around, Apple has instead delivered an revised patch — Security Update 2012-001 v1.1 — which reportedly resolves the Rosetta crashing problem.

That said, anyone experiencing issues after apply the original v1.0 update should download the new version and install. Again, everyone else should sit tight — when in doubt, fire up Software Update.

Plenty of embarrassment to go around. I’m guessing if you were standing outside 1 Infinite Loop this morning, you could have heard audible screaming…

What’s your take?

via The Verge and OS X Daily, respectively

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