Apple nearing release of OS X 10.9.2 with FaceTime Audio, call waiting, fix for SSL flaw [u]

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in macOS edited February 2014
Some employees at Apple have begun receiving a prerelease build of OS X Mavericks version 10.9.2, signaling that the final public release of the software is likely not far behind, and it is confirmed to include a fix for the "goto fail" SSL bug [updated].

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Some employees have been provided with a version of OS X 10.9.2 identified as build 13C64, people familiar with the matter told AppleInsider on Monday. The forthcoming update includes the usual security fixes, but also adds a number of new features to Mavericks, most notably the ability to make and receive FaceTime audio calls.

Update: One person with access to the prerelease build confirmed to AppleInsider that the latest version of OS X 10.9.2 does patch the so-called "goto fail" SSL security flaw.

OS X 10.9.2 will also add call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls. The Messages application in OS X will also gain the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders.

Internal release notes provided to employees also indicate that the update improves the accuracy of unread messages counts in Mail. The update is also expected to resolve an issue that would prevent Mail from receiving new messages from certain providers.

Other fixes and changes expected to be included in OS X 10.9.2 are:
  • Improved "Autofill" capabilities in Safari
  • A fix for an issue that could cause audio distortion
  • Improved reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2
  • A fix for an issue that could cause VPN connections to disconnect
  • Improved VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder
To date, Apple has supplied developers with seven betas of OS X 10.9.2, the most recent arriving one week ago. That prerelease beta was identified as build 13C62, while the latest prerelease version supplied to Apple employees is a slightly newer build.

The accompanying release notes offer no indication that the prerelease build of OS X 10.9.2 patches a newly exposed SSL security flaw that was addressed in an update to iOS last week. Apple has promised that a fix for the OS X issue will arrive "very soon."
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  • Reply 1 of 42

    Looks like most of the complaints about Gmail will be dead and buried this time. Not that they’re not already dead and buried if you just stop whoring yourself out to Google. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 2 of 42
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,069member
    Blocking people on iMessages. Can't come soon enough!
  • Reply 3 of 42
    rob53rob53 Posts: 1,834member

    It would make sense for Apple to hold back on the 10.9.2 release until a fix for the SSL problem can be fixed. People can wait an extra week to keep from having to run two OS updates back-to-back. I checked the latest version of Xcode and the offending file isn't included so it's something Apple has to fix anyway.

  • Reply 4 of 42
    john.bjohn.b Posts: 2,713member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rob53 View Post

     

    It would make sense for Apple to hold back on the 10.9.2 release until a fix for the SSL problem can be fixed. People can wait an extra week to keep from having to run two OS updates back-to-back. I checked the latest version of Xcode and the offending file isn't included so it's something Apple has to fix anyway.


     

    It's a pretty easy fix.  Curly braces, folks, even where they are not technically required.  Details here:

     

    https://www.imperialviolet.org/2014/02/22/applebug.html

  • Reply 5 of 42
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

     

    Looks like most of the complaints about Gmail will be dead and buried this time. Not that they’re not already dead and buried if you just stop whoring yourself out to Google. <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />


    I have more than enough email issues on Mac with Exchange. Forget Gmail.

  • Reply 6 of 42
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    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post



    Blocking people on iMessages. Can't come soon enough!

     

    If you would just answer whenever I call!!!  ;)

  • Reply 7 of 42
    This is a hefty update from Apple. 460MB, reboot required. Took about 10 minutes to install on my 27" i7 iMac.
  • Reply 8 of 42
    Come on, NSA, wrap up your cases so Apple can issue this Mac update.
  • Reply 9 of 42
    After installing 10.9.2 (460 MB, about 10 minute install), I have a desktop notification "Optimizing Your Mac: Performance may be impacted until completed."

    Safari is updated to version 7.0.2 (9537.74.9).

    I can confirm it fixes the goto fail SSL/TLS bug in Safari.

    One aspect I've noted is that my external monitor which is rotated 90 degrees reverted to its default rotation setting, and the arrangement reverted too.
  • Reply 10 of 42
    I've been running the beta since version 1. No update available for the actual release yet. I'm also hoping for iOS 7.1 release and here's my wish list! http://www.7dfour.com/my-ios-8-iphone-6-wish-list-for-2014/
  • Reply 11 of 42
    What about a fix for the waiting icon that happens whenever the Finder tries to access a folder? This one is really annoying!
  • Reply 12 of 42
    clemynxclemynx Posts: 1,496member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by godrifle View Post



    After installing, I have a desktop notification "Optimizing Your Mac: Performance may be impacted until completed."



    Safari is updated to version 7.0.2 (9537.74.9).



    I can confirm it fixes the goto fail SSL/TLS bug.



    Interesting, that's new.

    I wish it could be optimized for my old iMac.

  • Reply 13 of 42
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
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    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

     

    • Improved "Autofill" capabilities in Safari


    I remember awhile back there was some vulnerability with autofill in Safari and people suggested we turn that feature off. Mine is still off. Does anyone recall when that issue got resolved?

  • Reply 14 of 42

    It's in the pipeline.

  • Reply 15 of 42
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by justbobf View Post



    What about a fix for the waiting icon that happens whenever the Finder tries to access a folder? This one is really annoying!

    I had that issue not too long ago and it turned out that I needed to do some hard drive repair in Disk Utility. I have probably upwards of a million files and the indexing just got buggered up over time. Once I repaired the drive, the beach balls were pretty much gone or at least very brief. Give that a try.

  • Reply 16 of 42
    mstone wrote: »
    I had that issue not too long ago and it turned out that I needed to do some hard drive repair in Disk Utility. I have probably upwards of a million files and the indexing just got buggered up over time. Once I repaired the drive, the beach balls were pretty much gone or at least very brief. Give that a try.

    Tiny rant: After my last 10.9.2 beta installation some wonkiness ensued. I ran Disk Utility and it shows some issues and requested I reboot to do a Repair. No problem! Upon accessing the Disk Utility in the Repair mode I noticed I couldn't do what was required because FileVault2 was still enabled. I wish it was smart enough to 1) remind me I need to turn it off and let it complete before trying to repair the disk, or 2) let me input my private key to unlock it on the Repair side so I don't have to go through the rigamarole of unencrypting the disk, rebooting, waiting, rebooting, booting into the Repair mode, running the repair, rebooting, reapplying FileVault2, and rebooting again.
  • Reply 17 of 42
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member

    Should land later today or tomorrow then.

     

    Hoping iOS 7.1 b6 lands as well with SSL patched.

  • Reply 18 of 42
    Quote:

    •  A fix for an issue that could cause VPN connections to disconnect

     

    This can't come soon enough.  Because of having a 2013 MacBook Pro, I must use Mavericks because it won't boot anything previous, and my SSL VPN connection to the office disconnects after 10 to 15 minutes every single time I use it.  It totally blows.

     

    Latest beta on ADC still doesn't fix the SSL vulnerability - I tested it this morning on my beta test VM.

  • Reply 19 of 42
    panupanu Posts: 135member
    I made the mistake of trusting Apple software. Pages 4 is mission critical for me. Can anyone tell me if 10.9.2 breaks Pages 4?
  • Reply 20 of 42

    Come on Apple, get on with it already.

     

    I just had ANOTHER kernel panic with 10.9.1. This is ridiculous.

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