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macOS 10.15.5, Safari 13.1.1, Security Update 2020-003 for Mojave & High Sierra
- See Details and Downloads of Updaters.
 
Carbon Copy Cloner version 5.1.18 Update
See CCC 5.1.18 release notes for details on 6 improvements, including
addressing issues noted with macOS 10.15.5 in an earlier blog post.
(Available via in-app update or full download at bombich.com/download.)
 
Safari Technology Preview 107
The Safari Technology Preview 107 release notes lists improvements to Web Inspector, Web API, CSS, Rendering, Scrolling, Media, IndexedDB, JavaScript, Web Animations, Async Clipboard API, Accessibility, CSS Grid, and several Bug Fixes.
Download available for macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina.
(If a previous version is installed, use software update in System Prefs.)

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Little Snitch 4.5.2 (Bug and Security Fix)
May 26th version 4.5.2 update to Little Snitch. (For macOS 10.11 or later.)
Here's info on fixes from the release notes:
  • Fixes a local privilege escalation issue (CVE-2020-13095). By exploiting this vulnerability, users logged in to the computer can gain root privileges, but they cannot circumvent System Integrity Protection. Details about this issue will be revealed later.

  • Fixes an issue in the connection alert causing the user's host/domain choice to be ignored under some rare circumstances.
The release notes also included this statement from the developer in red:
"We highly recommend to update to this version soon because it fixes a possible privilege escalation"
 
Apple Pro Display XDR Firmware Update 3.3.23
Info from Apple's What's new in firmware updates for the Pro Display XDR.
"Learn about changes and features included in Display Firmware 3.3.23, the most recent firmware update to Pro Display XDR.

Display Firmware 3.3.23

  • Adds controls to fine tune the current calibration of Pro Display XDR by adjusting the white point and luminance to more precisely match your own in-house display calibration target. Learn more

  • Minor stability improvements.

    Requires macOS 10.15.5 or later."

  • The article includes how to check your display firmware version.
     
    DisplayLink v5.2.4 USB Software Update for macOS Catalina & Mojave
    The DisplayLink macOS USB Software page has v5.2.4 software for macOS Catalina and Mojave. (Software for older macOS versions are down the main page under "Legacy Drivers".)
    Here's their note on macOS 10.15 Catalina and DisplayLink kernel extension:
    "Information about macOS 10.15
    Some users updating to 10.15 have found their DisplayLink devices have stopped working. 5.2 software is designed to run on Mac OS 10.15, but the OS can disable our kernel extension during the update. Please check the kernel extension is enabled and screen recording is also enabled, to ensure DisplayLink enabled devices continue to work when migrating to 10.15."
    CCC notes a macOS 10.15.5 Bug impacts Creating Bootable Backups
    (May 29, 2020 Update: This issue is now addressed in Carbon Copy Cloner 5.1.18.)
    The author of Carbon Copy Cloner has a blog post on a bug in macOS 10.15.5 that impacts creating bootable backups. Here's a clip:
    "A bug in macOS 10.15.5 impacts bootable backups, but we've got you covered
    Early last week we discovered an APFS filesystem bug in a beta of macOS 10.15.5. The technical details of the bug are laid out below, but the short version is that we're no longer able to use our own file copier to establish an initial bootable backup of a macOS Catalina System volume. To be very clear - existing backups are unaffected, and this has no effect on CCC's ability to preserve your data, nor any effect on the integrity of the filesystems on your startup disk or your backup disk. The impact of this bug is limited to the initial creation of a bootable backup... "
    The full blog has more details & tips on "Creating bootable backups in a post-10.15.5 world".
     
    Apple/Products related News, Tips, Updates, PR (later added first)
    Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates (later first) Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.
     
    Other News, Updates, Reviews, and Tips (later added first)
    Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
    List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software/driver updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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    Previous News Archive Summary:
      May 18th to 22nd, 2020 News Archive
    • Xcode 11.5 (bug and security fixes)
    • iOS 13.5, iPadOS 13.5, iOS 12.4.7 Updates
    • tvOS 13.4.5 and HomePod 13.4.5 Updates
    • How to Use Time-Synced Lyrics with Apple Music in macOS Catalina
    • Pixelmator for iOS version 2.5.3 (for iOS 11.0 or later)
    • TextEdit's Hidden Talents (open/save Word Docs, HTML editor, More)
    • Apple, Google's Covid-19 Tool Gives Health Authorities More Data (
    • How to EQ the System Audio on a Mac
    • Reminder on free Room EQ Wizard (REW) for Mac
    • Pixelmator Pro 1.6.3 (bug fixes/improvements)
    • watchOS 6.2.5 release notes/security fixes
    • watchOS 5.3.7 release notes/security fixes.
    • OWC ThunderBay FLEX 8 Receives 2020 Best of Show Award
    • Dorico 3.5: More Powerful, More Refined (music notation software)
    • Download Apple ProRes RAW for Windows 1.1 (Windows 10 64-bit)
    • Chrome 83.0.4103.61 stable channel update (w/38 security fixes)
    • Kingston KC2500 M.2 NVMe 1TB SSD Review
    • Silicon Power PC60 960GB Portable SSD Review
    • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates.

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