Under 'Important Information' in the install process is sometimes a mention of incorporated updates.
For example, Security Update 2007-008 includes 2007-007; 2007-007 includes 2007-006 & 005, 2007-005 includes 2007-004. Why Apple doesn't just state instead that 2007-008 includes 2007-004,5,6 & 7 is beyond me.
Apple Software Update does not work for older OS's. Panther - no way. Tiger - forget it.
A few Apple updates are replaced by other updates because they suck. The installer will refuse to install some updates with a very vague reason given. System requirements are listed on the update webpage, not in the installer.
Owner of an old Apple - searching Apple downloads could take all day to come up with a list of updates not replaced by newer updates. Buy one of those update disks from a reputable seller.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I have not had any problems with security updates for years now. But this one completely hosed my computer. I run Tiger on a G4 so I admit it is old, but after applying the update mail stopped working. Safari and Firefox also refused to open without crashing. Some apps could still reach the internet but not the ones I wanted. I believe many other apps were also not working quite right but I gave up trying to fix this after the usual repairing permissions, trashing preferences etc. failed to do anything. I luckily had a backup of the OS which I restored to a new drive and now I am mostly okay but I will not reinstall this and I would warn anyone with an old G4 to avoid this like the plague.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. that the ratings on this are from 2008 security releases;
So far none for 2009-so I would guess few or no problems
The scorecard to date:
Here we are approaching Sept 2009 and we see security fix #4- for 2009,
(8 for 2008, and 3 for 2007 from system 10's release: SU 2007: 7,8,9 onwards)
system bug upgrade 8 (10.5.1-8)-since June, 2007;
Since Snow Leopard is about to hit the front door (ill bet BEFORE Labor Day[RIP]) we may see another couple for 10.5 before it goes to archival;
So, lets say 25 total fixes overall for system 10.5, now over 2 years old (June, 2007)
In 2 years, surely Windows has had what-? 250 security fixes, and 2,500 overall?
Next we will observe a rough 2.5 pages of benign 'security alerts' on SECUNICA's "Annual Index of 200x Virus Alerts" for Mac OS 10.x;
Once a year (actually in 15 years of Mac use-and no virus detection software-it slows things down considerable; ONE-maybe TWO real, contagious
And easily 25 pages of REAL, active, destructive, out-in-the-wild security alerts for MS Windows.x; CONSTANTLY
And thats being kind to MS... ;-)
That always shuts the MS flunkies up fast-and they change the subject;
If you repair permissions BEFORE you install any system update-and AFTER to be safe, and have ONLY the installer and ONLY the FINDER running-
nothing else-check you dock for the white dots-then turn them all off, you should have no problems;
It would even be better to do a SAFE BOOT install-this applies ONLY to SYSTEM patches-
no need for SAFARI, QT, JAVA, AP, i-Apps etc or any other apps at all:
1. first, restart and hold down 'cmd-S' you will get verbal abuse text-ignore
when at command line prompt ($), do an FS -y (file system) check/repair
(if Journaling is enabled, run FS -yn, then FS -yf [-yf= yes, force*])
IF system was 'modified' or 'repaired' RUN AGAIN to be sure;
2. restart, and hold down the shift key, log in to SAFE BOOT.
3. install the SYSTEM update.
4. restart. login normally
5. repair permissions again
6. its all good (or should be)
Writing this several hours after install...
works for me
(* the latest I could find: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2028?viewlocale=en_US)
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I installed this update on Monday and my computer became permanently stuck on the gray apple screen with the spinning wheel after restart. I would try to re-boot it and nothing changed. Apple doesn't provide support for their updates when they mess up your computer unless you pay them which I think is pretty lousy! I looked through a bunch of forums and tried resetting the PRAM and booting up in safe mode which didn't do anything. I also booted up from my external drive which is my former hard drive that I cloned when I updated my hard drive. I tried cleaning out the cache, repairing the permissions in disk utility ( which was fine) and checking the start up items. What finally worked was booting from my original OS X disk and performing an archive and install. I followed the advice on the following link: http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20060322080433175
Several days later everything seems to be working fine, but I refuse to install the update again until it is fixed. It seems I am not the only one having problems with this update!
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. As soon as Apple issues a security update we always install immediately, usually with no problems. This time it made our computer practically useless, the issues were as described in the other comments noted in this forum. After restarting a few times, trying to fix preferences (did not work), I called Apple. They had me reset the PRAM, which did not help. Finally Apple told me to reinstall the OS. This was my incentive to update to 10.5.
So please do not install this update until something is published about how to fix the problem or a new update is issued by Apple. BTW, the Apple rep told me I was the first to report this problem.