Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-07-19

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 bash to 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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On Scripting OS X

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!

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

macOS 10.15 Catalina and iOS 13

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-07-12

Apple released an unexpected update to the entry-level MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13“ this week. What the new release replaces is interesting, as well: the non-retina entry level MacBook Air, the no-Touchbar 13” MacBook Pro, and the 12″ MacBook are all discontinued.

The iMac and the (cylinder) Mac Pro are the only remaining Mac models without a T2 chip. All current Mac models except the iMac Pro and the Mac Pro now require macOS 10.14 Mojave as their minimum OS.

We also got an interesting vulnerability story with the popular videoconferencing software Zoom. The reaction from Zoom was slow, they did not address the issue until the researcher published the problem, but Apple reacted much faster, adding the problematic local web server, that Zoom installed to bypass some of the system’s user security to macOS’s Malware Removal Tool’s list of, well, malware within 24 hours.

Finally, I am going to give a half-day class based on the ‘Moving to zsh’ article series at our offices in Amsterdam on September 6. If you are wondering why Apple is changing the default shell, how it will affect you, and how you can increase your Terminal productivity with zsh, then sign up here!

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On Scripting OS X

News and Opinion

macOS Catalina and iOS 13

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Sisyphus-J: “MacOS/iOS Entitlement database now updated for MacOS 15 and iOS 13 beta 3. with over 150 more daemons and 500 more entitlements.. including such fine gems as com.apple.rootless.kext-more-securer-management http://newosxbook.com/ent.jl”
  • Mustafa Hussain: “In macOS, when you drop a Calendar event into the Terminal, the Terminal adopts the event’s color. As it should.… ”
  • Steve Troughton-Smith: “Disasters like Zoom are why the Mac gets progressively more locked-down, and why commandline tools and daemons can’t be exempt from signing & security. By default, we should trust no software, and neither should the hardware it runs on…”
  • Alex Wild: “Apparently sailors used to use a log, tied to a measured rope & thrown overboard, to periodically measure the speed of a boat. They’d then write the data in a ”log-book“ Which is why we now use the word ”log“ to record data. Things I learned. https://www.etymonline.com/word/log”
  • Isaac T.: “Confirmed with Apple: sharing with SMB is broken in macOS Mojave 10.14.5. The problem: ”smbd“ deadlocks with multiple users connected to a share. Engineering knows and is working on it. Time to resolution: unknown. Here are the options: 1/” (thread)
  • Rich Mogull: ““Shadow IT” is merely how the fearful describe the reduction of friction and democratization of technology to better enable agile business.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-07-05

For my US readers: belated Happy 4th of July!

This is where you celebrate Jeff Goldblum hacking an alien mainframe with a PowerBook 5300, right?

Because of the US holiday week-end and, I presume, several MacAdmins ‘finishing’ their PSU conference presentations, news was slow this week.

Safe travels and lots of fun, networking, and learning to those going to PSU.

Everyone else, I hope you get to enjoy a wonderful summer week-end!

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On Scripting OS X

macOS Catalina

News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • The Macalope: “It’s going to be fun hearing the people who said design was dead at Apple bemoan the loss of the person chiefly responsible for designing all the things they said were so poorly designed.”

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  • ‎Dice by PCalc (I am actually off to GM my campaign right after posting this newsletter!)

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-06-28

As expected, the public betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina were released this week, keeping MacAdmins busy with both preventing users from installing them and starting their own testing procedures.

Together with the public betas, we get a bunch of early Catalina reviews and opinions.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-06-21

Happy Solstice, everyone!

Things are calming down after the WWDC storm. This week we got some more WWDC reactions, a major Firefox exploit with fix, and some more information on Catalina notarization.

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Victor (groob): “Working on the next release of MicroMDM and added an important documentation section I felt was missing for too long. MicroMDM is not a product! Link

Bugs and Security

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-06-14

First week post-WWDC and people are slowly catching up with the firehose of information. Lot’s of opinion pieces and podcasts to catch up with.

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News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • macshome: “With so many people running macOS in a VM right now here is a ProTip for Fusion on a TouchID Mac. Set: board-id.reflectHost = "FALSE" Now your auth dialog spins are gone!”
  • Craig Hockenberry: “I know a lot of developers who have been working with Apple’s products for decades. The overwhelming consensus is that we’re seeing something that will change our lives for decades to come. 1976 -> 1984 -> 1996 -> 2008 -> 2019”
  • Daniel Jalkut: “Apple has been doing hardware penance lately. I hope they realize that exiting the personal networking market (Airport) was as as misguided as exiting pro Mac, pro displays, etc. We’re ready for the big comeback.”
  • Derek Fulmer: “With the impending changes to macOS in 10.15, I’m giving zsh a go. Really digging its customizability. Feels way more modern. But, I’m still sentimental about bash.”

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Updates and Releases

To Watch

  • Erik Schwiebert: “Microsoft Office, macOS 10.15 Catalina, and You: @mrexchange explains our support plans for the beta and final OS release.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-06-07

WWDC! And what a firework it is this year!

We got new previews of all of Apple’s operating systems, including a new, stand-alone, more powerful iPadOS. We got a look at the new Mac Pro with a high-end new 6K display. We got Marzipan… er Project Catalyst. And we got a quick peak at a new Swift-native user interface framework.

There were tons of interesting pieces for MacAdmins already. Apple is switching the default shell to zsh, will stop bundling scripting frameworks with the system, has released new management documentation, is moving to a read-only system partition, and more… And there will be more today when ‘What’s new in Managing Apple Devices’ is presented.

It will take weeks and months to sort through all the changes. Make sure to subscribe to the developer program for the earliest betas, AppleSeed for IT (ask your Apple representative), or the public beta, so you can start testing early and often! And keep reading this news summary, so you know what to look out for.

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WWDC and macOS 10.15 Catalina

Apple Newsroom

Apple Preview Pages

Release Notes

More Notes

MacAdmin reactions and posts

On Scripting OS X

  • Moving to zsh
  • If you are using the Exit Code prompt setup from my post last week: co-worker Mattias found an embarrassing error that may have resulted in all exit codes being a happy green checkmark. The code in the post is now fixed (only the last line changed). On the other hand I will be posting how to do that with zsh soon.
  • After finishing the first ‘Scripting macOS’ class at Pro Academy last week, we have new dates on October 23 and 24 for the next class here in our training rooms in Amsterdam. I will be busy updating the class for macOS Catalina. There will also be a ‘Supporting macOS’ class on September 18 and 19. If you are interested, then please contact us through the form on the website. You can also use the contact form if you are interested but the dates do not fit your schedule. We will consider your preferences for further scheduling.

News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Michael Palermiti: “Pssst. Hey, I’ve got some exciting news for our enterprise customers… Shared Mailbox support is now in TestFlight for @Outlook for iOS! We need your help to try it out and give us feedback. And before anyone asks, yes, Android support is not far behind!”
  • Nick Takayama: “Shouldn’t it be called the WWDC Beer Zsh Now?”

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Scripting and Automation

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-05-31

Between Memorial Day in the US, Ascension Day in parts of Europe, and WWDC looming next week, this was a quiet news week.

Apple did have one more thing to get out before WWDC: the iPod touch was updated with the A10 processor.

Now, only the Mac Pro remains as a device that has not been updated in the last two years. (MacBook barely makes the two years limit with its last update in June 2017.)

In other news, the first “Scripting macOS” class took place this week. The attendees (and I) believe it went really well! You can still sign up for the next class here. If the next date doesn’t suite you, please use the contact form and let us know when you would like a class. We will be scheduling additional classes soon and your input will be considered.

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Headlines

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MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Graham Pugh: “IBM SPSSStatistics 26 still needs Java installed in order to get installed on Mac, but installs a JRE as part of the installation. How hard would it be to put the JRE in the installer itself?”
  • Timo Perfitt: “Right Click->Open to Install?… ” (Click for image)
  • Tom Bridge: “So, I’ve spent a little time with Mosyle + Google SSO + DEP tonight, and I gotta hand it to the team at @mosyle_biz : That’s a helluva beta. I can see that being HIGHLY useful.”

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

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To Listen

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-05-24

No quiet before the storm with this year’s WWDC. After macOS 10.14.5 and iOS 12.3 dropped last week, we got new MacBooks Pro with a decent speed bump this week. Their keyboard only got minor changes, but Apple has also announce a Keyboard Service program.

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News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Timo Perfitt: “If you are interested in the Twocanoes MDS slides, exercises, or links from my roadshow, this tweet is for you! https://t.co/AZ8rJcafCD”
  • tlark: “Want to try to get rid of Adobe products? It may not be possible, but there are alternatives… ”
  • Edward Marczak: “Or you can go all in and just not allow 32-bit execution: sudo nvram boot-args="-no32exec"… ”
  • John C. Welch: “I was just thinking, at random about Macworld Expo, and I realized why its end, and the end of end-user/consumer-focused computer shows in general are a bad thing. What happens when all computer shows are for devs or industry “insiders”?” (Long thread)
  • Minko Gechev: “A bash function I use constantly on airports: function changeMac() { local mac=$(openssl rand -hex 6 | sed 's/\(..\)/\1:/g; s/.$//') sudo ifconfig en0 ether $mac sudo ifconfig en0 down sudo ifconfig en0 up echo "Your new physical address is $mac" } Unlimited WiFi ”
  • Timo Perfitt: “Turns out that the plural form of ”Mac“ is ”a murder of Mac computers“.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-05-17

This Monday, macOS 10.14.5 (and all the related updates) dropped. The timing was surprising, but became clearer when the news on a new group of Intel CPU vulnerabilities arrived as well.

10.14.5 brings some mitigations to these vulnerabilites, but to be sure, you would have to disable Hyperthreading on your CPU(s) which brings up to 40% performance hit.

With 10.14.5 the new notarization rules for applications and kernel extensions arrive as well. All of this is once again demonstrating the importance (and the challenges) of IT being able to quickly roll-out and support system updates.

There are still a few spots left for the “Introduction to Scripting macOS” class on May 27/28!

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Apple Updates

Articles

Tweets

  • mikeymikey: “macOS Mojave 10.14.5 (18F132)… ”
  • Jason Broccardo on Twitter: “#macadmins n.b. the both the 10.14.5 and iTunes Device Support Update updates have trailing spaces when you are looking at the CLI softwareupdate listing. If you want to CLI install you’ll need to account for that.”
  • Marnin: “When using the Time Server payload on earlier version of macOS 10.14, the time zone was not getting set properly.”
  • Ken Case: “Today Apple released macOS Mojave 10.14.5, which fixes a CoreAnimation drawing issue that was affecting customers using large OmniOutliner and OmniPlan documents. If you’re a Mac customer using Mojave, I strongly recommend updating!”

MDS/Zombieload

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Caleb Coy: “Was just reminded that the #macadmins Slack community turns 4 this weekend. I don’t know about y’all, but a lot has happened for me in that time and having this community has helped so much.”
  • Daniel Jalkut: “Heads up Mac developers: the ”codesign –preserve-entitlements=runtime“ parameter does not actually preserve the runtime flag. Radar #50697511.”
  • Timo Perfitt: “Interesting that the additional recovery partition key combos are only available if you have installed 10.12.4 or later at least once.”
  • Adam Codega: “A configuration profile is never late. Nor is it early; it arrives precisely when it means to.”
  • Kitzy: “macOS Mojave 10.14.5 has been out for over 48 hours now. Still no sign of it in Jamf’s patch management. It’s frustrating that Jamf finally got the mechanics of patch management down but crippled it by making us all rely on Jamf for patch definitions that are slow to update.”
  • Ricky Mondello: “Did you know that you can drag Safari’s Downloads popover by its title into being a detached, free-standing window, so you can more easily monitor your long-running downloads?”

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