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Apple Wins Bug of the Month

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Every month the BugBlog picks its Bug of the Month, representing the most significant bug found in the past month. Sometimes, the bug will be the one which could potentially cause the most damage; sometimes it will be the bug which affects the most users. And sometimes, it will be the bug that is just the most interesting bug. This bug will be selected either from the free Bug of the Day, or from the subscription-only BugBlog Plus.

The Bug of the Month for September 2005 was posted as the Bug of the Day on August 22

It appears that Apple’s Security Update 2005-007 broke any 64-bit-native applications from running, after the update was applied. One third-party developer, Wolfram Research, said that its Mathematica 5.2 was disabled after the update, and informed its users via email that it was due to an error on Apple’s part. Apple now has Security Update 2005-007 v 1.1 available for Mac OS X 10.4.2 users, who should install this one instead. If they installed the earlier one, install this one on top.

Why this one? Actually, it was hard to pick one this month because there were so many worthy candidates. Apple finally gets the nod because they rolled out a major security update, presumably with testing, and managed not to notice that it disabled all 64-bit apps. Granted, there aren’t that many out there, but you would still think they would have noticed.

Some of the runners-up included the bug by Microsoft that allowed to Zotob worm, the cross-platform bug in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe reader, and the latest critical update to Microsoft Internet Explorer.

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