Thursday, August 18, 2022

macOS 12.5.1

Juli Clover:

According to Apple’s release notes, macOS Monterey 12.5.1 improves the security of macOS and is recommended for all users. The update addresses kernel and WebKit vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple says that it is aware that these vulnerabilities may have been actively explited in the wild, so it is important to update right away.

You can download the installer and IPSW (via Mr. Macintosh).

Howard Oakley:

Other than expected minor increments in build numbers for parts of WebKit, the only visible change is that Safari is updated from 15.6 (17613. to 15.6.1 (17613.


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Strangely, this security update killed sudo on my main admin user account. Even "sudo ls" would result in the error "Sorry, user [username] is not allowed to execute /bin/ls as root"

In order to fix it, I had to enable the root user in Directory Utility, then as su, use "sudo visudo" to add "[username] ALL = (ALL) ALL" to the sudoers file.

This update did unusual things - my dock, safari and bash have all been completely reset. Loads of AppleScripts now fail cos they can't create aliases of files, code which worked fine earlier today (and for months now); I've never seen a macOS update completely reset stuff like this.

I've not yet found out the extent of the changes. It made me too frustrated just trying to make the basics work the way they did before. Tomorrow brings a new day and a new amount of wailing and pulling of hair.

Wish me luck!

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