Still a lot of fallout from the Zoom invulnerability. It took Apple three updates to MRT (so far) to eradicate all the differently branded varieties of the Zoom client web server. Makes me wonder how many Macs there were or are with multiple of these clients installed.
We also got new betas for 10.14.5 and 10.15 and the respective iOS versions. Some of the worst data-destroying bugs seem to be fixed or at least mitigated but I am still not comfortable moving my production devices to the betas. That’s what test devices are there for. I am getting quite excited about some of the features I have seen, both for end-users and administrators.
One of those features is that
zsh will become the default shell for macOS. If you want to know what that means, how to transfer your shell configuration, workflows, and scripts from
zsh, and increase your Terminal productivity, we are doing a half-day training in Amsterdam on September 6. You can get more details and sign up on our webpage!
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News and Opinion
Many,many thanks to Erik for his contributions to the Mac Admin community and I wish him all the best for the future!
- Apple’s MFi Program Adds Support For Power Over Ethernet, Lightning-To-USB-C Audio Adapters – Oliver Haslam, Redmond Pie
- Apple offers a look at new emoji coming to iPhone this fall – Apple
- Apple’s guidance on backing up your Mac revisited – Howard Oakley
- Privacy protection can pay off when it’s allowed to – Howard Oakley
MacAdmins on Twitter
- Timo Perfitt: “So it begins. We just signed up to be an MDM vendor. MDS DEP deployment coming soon.”
Bugs and Security
- Checking if Apple’s Zoom remediation update has been installed on your Mac – Rich Trouton
- How to Remediate the Zoom Vulnerability with Apple Malware Removal Tool – Mr Macintosh
- What happened when MRT was updated, and what MRT does – Howard Oakley
- Zhumu vulnerability and remediation – Rich Trouton
- Last Week on My Mac: Does anyone here know about MRT? – Howard Oakley
- Additional Zoom remediation from Apple via MRT – Rich Trouton
macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13
- Apple Releases Forth Beta of macOS Catalina 10.15 (19A512f) Beta 4 – Mr Macintosh
- Daniel Jalkut: “Apple fixed a niggling little AppleScript problem in macOS Catalina beta 4. It’s reassuring to me that they bothered to address this. Thanks!”
- Jonathan Grynspan: “macOS Catalina Seed 4: Finder’s Open With menu has been rebuilt from scratch. You should never again see ”Fetching…“! Although in normal usage this should not impact you, if you do notice issues with the Open With menu, please file bug reports!”
Support and HowTos
- Disabling Slack updates in v4.0+! – Rick Heil
- Apple Releases Fifth Beta of macOS Mojave 10.14.6 (18G78a) Beta 5 – Mr Macintosh
- MacOS Mojave 10.14.5 (18F2058) Forked Full Installer.app Released – Mr Macintosh
- Adobe CC2019 in Education – PSU 2019 – Darren Wallace
Scripting and Automation
- Prevent TeamViewer from opening during package installation – Graham Pugh
- Update Microsoft applications for Mac by using msupdate – Microsoft Docs (updated)
- Part 1: A day in the life of the FileWave RESTful API – Dave Herder
Updates and Releases
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