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  • Apple’s case of Microsoft-itis

    Posted on December 2nd, 2017 at 06:45 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    If you’ve been following along with the “root” patch debacle, it may warm your heart to know that Apple’s having the same kind of Keystone Kops patching experience all of us have grown to know and love.

    Andy Greenberg at Wired has an observation:

    When a company like Apple rushes out a software patch for a critical security bug, it deserves praise for protecting its customers quickly. Except, perhaps, when that patch is so rushed that it’s nearly as buggy as the code it was designed to fix…

    Apple’s fix for that problem has a serious glitch of its own. Those who had not yet upgraded their operating system from the original version of High Sierra, 10.13.0, to the most recent version, 10.13.1, but had downloaded the patch, say the “root” bug reappears when they install the most recent macOS system update. And worse, two of those Mac users say they’ve also tried re-installing Apple’s security patch after that upgrade, only to find that the “root” problem¬†still persists until they reboot their computer, with no warning that a reboot is necessary.

    Have we reached the point where both Windows and macOS have become so big, bloated, and just plain old that they’re not worth the effort any more?

    Lest you feel smug with iOS, take in this bug notice from Sam Byford at The Verge:

    A bug in iOS 11.1.2 is causing iPhones to crash repeatedly once the clock hits 12.15am on December 2nd… iOS 11.2 has been released¬†just hours after this issue was discovered, and includes a fix for this date bug.

    Tom Warren at The Verge has a succinct overview:

    • macOS High Sierra critical flaw with root admin access
    • macOS High Sierra update released, but breaks file sharing
    • iOS 11 crashing on some iPhones due to a date bug
    • macOS High Sierra fix not installing correctly on some systems
    • iOS 11.2 released early to fix iPhone crash bug

    Oy.