[OS X TeX] Tiger -- some cautions & caveats

Rene Borgella macmechanic at fastmail.fm
Fri May 13 02:17:57 CEST 2005

Dear Folks:

Please excuse the fact that this is definitely 
not a TeX issue in any way, but because it's a 
Mac OS X posting, I hope you'll consider it 
appropriate.  If you don't use Tiger, aren't 
considering doing so in the near future, or 
perhaps are just not interested, then don't read 
any further.   Otherwise, here's the deal . . . 
(from MacInTouch.com, other sources on the net 
have been reporting the same problems).

Widget Users--

Dashboard widgets may be points of entry for malware . . .

"This page discusses a security flaw resulting 
from a series of bad design choices in Safari and 
Dashboard in OS X 10.4, and links to a 
demonstration exploit."

Also at:

Possible Data Loss-- (Also relevant to HFSX 
"Extended Attributes" mentioned the other day)

"Apple has a critical warning about the 
possibility of data loss using pre-Tiger 
utilities with the new operating system:"

"Mac OS X 10.4 adds support for Extended 
Attributes. A disk repair application that's not 
Mac OS X 10.4-aware may incorrectly report 
Extended Attributes as directory damage. You may 
get an error message such as "Cannot be rebuilt. 
The original directory is too severely damaged" 
that is untrue."

I've seen a few reports of this and the problem 
isn't apparent until you open up and try to use 
the sparse image.



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