Upgrades and updates gone wrong

You know that you need to keep your software up-to-date, but you also know that doing so is sometimes fraught with risk. This week in updates just happens to be a little riskier. Google Chrome crashed macOS and made it unbootable, while iOS 13 was released with serious bugs that caused apps to freeze and calls to drop.

Google Chrome Crash (and Fix)

The most recent update pushed by Google for its Chrome browser caused macOS to crash. If your system didn’t crash – great! – but for those who were, Gizmodo has provided the following steps to fix the issue:

To recover a machine that has been affected by this bug, please boot into recovery mode, and then from the Utilities menu open the Terminal application.

In the Terminal application, you can run the following commands:

chroot /Volumes/Macintosh\ HD # "Macintosh HD" is the default

rm -rf /Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle

mv var var_back # var may not exist, but this is fine

ln -sh private/var var

chflags -h restricted /var

chflags -h hidden /var

xattr -sw com.apple.rootless "" /var

Then reboot. This will remove the affected version of Google Software Update, then restore the damaged portion of the file system.

Delay upgrading to iOS 13

You should delay upgrade to iOS, if you can. Problems with the upgrade range from crashed apps to dropped calls. Apple hopes to correct most of these bugs in iOS update 13.1, but has acknowledged it will not fix all of them.

iOS 13.1 Update

In an effort to fix a slew of bugs, Apple has released update 13.1 for iOS. If you have iOS 13, it’s advisable to update to the latest version. TNW reports the update includes, “…faulty app icons, sign-in failures, Mail problems, Siri not working with CarPlay properly, and stability issues.”

iOS 13 and 13.1 Keyboard Vulnerability

If you use a third-party keyboard on your iPhone or iPad, you should uninstall it. Apple acknowledges that both iOS 13 and iOS 13.1 have the vulnerability present in iOS 13. The vulnerability can be used to grant “full access” to the app without user interaction.

You can review your third-party keyboard apps on your iPhone or iPad by clicking on Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards.

Categories: macOSMobile

Luke Kumanchik

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