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Apple releases Lion OS X 10.7.4 to address security issues and bug fixes

Yesterday, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Apple released OS X Lion 10.7.4 to address security issues and bug fixes. This update is recommended for all users of Lion to improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your system.

The security updates included many items. However, the most publicized patched was for a flaw that allowed remote admins and persons with physical access to the system to obtain account information.

This flaw was introduced in OS X 10.7.3 and the effected only those using Legacy File Vault. For those effected, logs would contain sensitive information such as passwords in a visible format. For more information on this security bug, check out the article on TUAW.


Interestingly enough, when viewing the details of the update in Software Update, users would see the list of bug fixes and were directed to an Apple webpage for the more extensive security updates.

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Lion has entered the building...

That's right, we've joined the over 1 million people who downloaded and installed the new Apple OS, Lion. This time, even though I downloaded it very late on the day it was released, I waited a day before installing it. I didn't want it to take up too much of my time like most upgrades do. So, after dinner, I opened the Mac App Store and clicked the $29.99 Price button...I switched to the purchased tab to watch the download progress...At first it indicated over 3 hours on the wireless connection. So, I moved the machine upstairs and connected directly to the router...still over 2 hours. Thank goodness the MacBook Pro has a long battery life. There was no need to watch the download, so I went about the normal nightly routine.

Close to 2 1/2 hours later, the download was complete. Since it was too late, I decided to wait and make sure most of the programs I had were actually working with Lion. So, I followed the instructions from TUAW to create a boot disc and shut down. I had backed up and updated all I could for Snow Leopard earlier that day, so it was set and time to rest.

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Waiting for the Lion to Roar

Well, it is getting closer to the time when Apple will release their newest operating system, Lion. Most of the major tech news outlets are reporting that the new OS will be out some time this week. It may also bring with it some new hardware updates. While we just purchased a new MacBook Pro for myself, my wife is hanging on with the original MacBook Air. I would love to just upgrade that machine. However, with it being limited to only 2 GB of RAM and the video processor slowly not rendering YouTube videos well, I am not sure the MacBook Air will be in functional operation for much longer. So, the wait for Lion is where we stand...

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