Apple Releases 10th Developer Build of 10.8.3, Fixes File Bug

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Apple continued to extensively test the next maintenance update to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion with the release of the tenth prerelease build of 10.8.3 to developers Wednesday. The build, 12D65, arrives one week after the previous build, 12D61.

OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion Build 12D65

The latest build of 10.8.3 lists no known issues and asks developers to focus on AirPlay, Airport, Game Center, Graphics Drivers, and Safari.

Notably, the build fixes the file bug revealed over the weekend that caused nearly every Mountain Lion app to crash by entering a specific set of characters. It was eventually determined that the bug was due to a Cocoa programming error in Mountain Lion’s data detectors. That Apple has now fixed the bug in the latest prerelease of 10.8.3 is a good sign, as it was potentially a serious security vulnerability.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was first released on July 25, 2012. The 10.8.1 update arrived on August 23, 2012 and 10.8.2 on September 19, 2012. Prerelease builds of 10.8.3 have been seeded by Apple since November.

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3 Comments

furbies

But has Apple fixed the glitches in mdworker ?
I see a lot of mdworker related errors in the Console…

I also suspect ‘bugs’ in the USB subsystem causing kernel panics on my Mac Pro

gnasher729

Jim, while this bug is truly embarrassing and makes me worry about Apple’s development processes, it is not a security risk. The bug, when it strikes, stops the application from running. This is not something that can be exploited.

davidneale

No known issues? What about the loss of WiFi connection and the inability to recreate it following wake-up from sleep? (Check out this 16-page and counting discussion at Apple Support Communities: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4136718?tstart=0 )

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