Patching the Patch: Trouble with the new Mac OS X Snow Leopard update

The good news: The new Snow Leopard patch fixes a lot of problems. The bad news: It also introduces one.


I was very pleased to see Apple's new Mac OS X Snow Leopard patch this morning. It fixed numerous minor, but annoying problems with my Mac Mini and my wife's MacBook Pro. It also cleaned up numerous security problems. That's the good news. The bad news is it also introduced a serious security bug by including an old, and vulnerable, copy of Adobe Flash.

The good news is that it fixed several issues that I've had trouble with myself. In particular, I was glad to see that my Macs now work much better at copying, renaming, and deleting files on SMB (Server Message Block) file servers, aka Windows, Linux, and most NAS (Network Attached Storage) servers. Since I keep my music and video libraries on servers this was a real plus. Also in the networking line, it fixed a problem with maintaining VPN (virtual private networking) connections.

The patch also includes a handy fix for a touchpad problem that would sometimes make the MacBook Pro next to useless for a few seconds at a time. While I never ran into this problem myself, I also understand that it fixes a music playback problem with some MacBook Pro's speakers.

Needless to say, it also includes Apple's latest version of its Web browser, Safari 5. While I'm not a big Safari fan, it is faster than the earlier models and offers, for what it's worth, some HTML 5 support.

So, all-in-all I'd call this a good and, with 28 security holes filled in, necessary update. Except, there's this little problem, as Adobe's Wendy Poland pointed out: "The update includes an earlier version of Adobe Flash Player., than the newest one that's available from While the Mac OS X v10.6.4 update does not appear to downgrade users who have already upgraded to Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe recommends users verify they are using the latest, most secure version of Flash Player ("

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