After the long awaited big updates last week, Apple followed up this week with another, albeit much smaller, update. macOS 11.3.1 et al are security updates for some pretty serious bugs, that may already be exploited.
Less than one month until WWDC!
MacDevOpsYVR has started releasing their speaker list and I am proud to say that I will be doing a 15 minute talk, title ‘The Encyclopedia of Packages.’ You should check out the speaker list, it is very interesting. MacDeployment is now scheduled for June 1-2. I have updated my conference overview page!
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Kandji has commissioned Jason Snell of Six Colors to create an Enterprise Report Card for Apple. This is a chance for Mac Admins to give feedback on how they see Apple.
The deadline to add your score and comments is May 14, 2021. The results will be compiled to run in early June before WWDC. The contact information is for the survey only and you can choose to remain anonymous.
This is a great chance for MacAdmins to provide some feedback!
News and Opinion
macOS and iOS Updates
- macOS Big Sur 11.3.1
- About the security content of macOS Big Sur 11.3.1
- About the security content of iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 – Apple Support
- Security Update 2021-002 (Catalina)
- Security Update 2021-003 (Mojave)
- macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 Update (20E241) is Live! What’s New?
- Apple has released Big Sur 11.3.1 update (updated) – The Eclectic Light Company
- Apple has pulled Safari 14.1 update for Mojave and Catalina (updated) – Howard Oakley
- Summary of important security fixes in macOS – Howard Oakley
- Apple’s April Security update for 10.15.7 breaks Acorn version 6 and lower, as well as Retrobatch – Gus Mueller
- External bootable disks work better with M1 Macs in Big Sur 11.3 – Howard Oakley
🐦MacAdmins on Twitter
- Maxwell: “Every system library and framework is in the shared cache, and now there are 4 shared caches in system/library/dyld. x64h, arm, rosetta and x86 for that 1 trash can Mac Pro they still haven’t canned. each about a gig but they compress well.”
- Craig Hockenberry: “One thing I’ve noticed as of late is Apple locking things down without looking at the bigger picture of how sometimes more security actually makes things less secure. Let me explain…” (Thread)
Security and Privacy
Support and HowTos
- An update from VMware regarding M1 support for Fusion – Emily Kausalik
- “Invalid Message – The message could not be parsed.” with Jamf Cloud – Alan Siu
- Get Up to 67% Faster External Drive Performance With Your M1 Mac! – Rocket Yard Blog
- MacAdmin Support Pages – Scripting OS X
Scripting and Automation
- Deploying macOS apps with the Intune scripting agent – Microsoft Tech Community (Make me wonder if I can maker Installomator work with Intune.)
- Create New File – John C. Welch
- Automating patch management policies with Auto-Update for Jamf – Darren Wallace
- JamfUploader AutoPkg Processors – Graham R. Pugh
- Apple Support on Twitter: “Get to know your AirTag. Here’s a guide to the different sounds it can make.” (Odd that this video is not available on the Apple Support page.)
- How to reset your AirTag
- iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021) – Acoustic Performance (7dB !!)
Updates and Releases
- objective-see/OverSight 2.0.0 (beta 2)
- Script Debugger 8.0
- Jamf Protect alerts in emails and new roles – Matthias Wollnik, Jamf Blog
- New Jobs – Mac Admins Podcast
- It’s Weird That It’s Not Weird — Command-Control-Power
- 2021 Speaker Henry Stamerjohann – MacDevOpsYVR
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