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LuLu is the new Sheriff in town

If you are a fan of Little Snitch, or would like to better manage who your Mac is talking to, check out LuLu.  LuLu is a free open-source Mac firewall that blocks unknown/unauthorized outgoing connections, written by Patrick Wardle of Objective-See.  It is highly configurable, enterprise friendly, and can generically detect malware. LuLu requires macOS 10.12 or later.

10.4.3 Combo Updater experiences

I’ve always been an advocate of running Apple’s macOS Combo Updaters instead of the incremental/delta updates that show in the App Store. When macOS 10.14.3 was released I manually downloaded the 10.14.3 Combo Updater from Apple’s site, but it refused to run saying my Mac did not meet the minimum requirements for installation.

After doing some research, I found a lot of other people have reported this same issue on the Apple Discussion Forums.  The workaround posted was to install the incremental/delta 10.14.3 update from the App Store, then reapply the 10.14.3 Combo Updater (for good measure).  This process worked for me. 

I also verified that although it’s possible to get Mojave running on a HFS+ volume (which I did on one of the Macs in my lab), it can’t be updated to 10.14.3, giving a similar “Mac does not meet the minimum requirements for installation” message.  The 10.14.3 update apparently can only be run on a Mac running 10.14.x installed on an APFS volume.

New SMC reset procedure for Macs with T2

The SMC reset process has been updated for Macs that have an Apple T2 chip, including: iMac Pros and newer model Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.  Apple posted this revised SMC reset process on 11/8/2018…

Desktop Macs computers with a T2 chip…

  • Choose Apple menu > Shut Down
  • After your Mac shuts down, press and hold its power button for 10 seconds
  • Release the power button, then wait a few seconds
  • Press the power button again to turn the Mac on

If that doesn’t fix the problem…

  • Choose Apple menu > Shut Down
  • After your Mac shuts down, unplug the power cable
  • Wait 15 seconds
  • Plug the power cable back in
  • Wait 5 seconds
  • Press the power button to turn the Mac on

MacBooks with a T2 chip…

  • Choose Apple menu > Shut Down
  • After your Mac shuts down, press and hold its power button for 10 seconds
  • Release the power button, then wait a few seconds
  • Press the power button again to turn the Mac on

If that doesn’t fix the problem…

  • Choose Apple menu > Shut Down
  • After your Mac shuts down, press and hold the following for 7 seconds:
    • Right shift key
    • The left option key
    • The left control key
    • Power button
  • Release everything, then wait a few seconds
  • Press the power button to turn the Mac on

Data loss problem with late model 13” MacBook Pros

Apple recently disclosed a potential hardware problem that can lead to data loss affecting 13” MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) models sold between June 2017 and June 2018, with 128GB or 256GB solid-state drives. More specifically, the model will be listed as “MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)” in the About this Mac window.

Apple has created a new service program to repair these MacBook Pros, even if they are out of warranty.  More details on this service program, including a serial number check to see if a MacBook pro is eligible, can be found here.

Mac network transfer statistics: Pull from command line

In my session today at MacTech Conference, I shared a tip about viewing the transfer statistics from the Network Utility app.

I also mentioned that I had reverse engineered out how to pull these same numbers from the command line.  A couple people asked me for these commands afterwards, so here they are…

Send Errors…
netstat -I en0 | grep en0 | awk ‘{print $8}’ | sed -n 1p

Receive Errors…
netstat -I en0 | grep en0 | awk ‘{print $6}’ | sed -n 1p

Collisions…
netstat -I en0 | grep en0 | awk ‘{print $9}’ | sed -n 1p

MTC 2018 – Mac Support Toolbox links

Below are links to all the vendor/author websites for the apps mentioned in my MacTech Conference 2018 session: Filling your Mac Support Utility Toolbox

Building a Service Drive

Featured Utilities

Swiss Army Knife

Disk Space Usage

S.M.A.R.T. Check

Cloners

File System Repair

Malware Check

Hardware Diagnostics

What’s Open?

Data Recovery

ACL Permissions

SIP Management

APFS Snapshot Management

macOS 10.14.1 breaks blank user passwords

The macOS 10.14.1 updater seems to require that all Mac users account have a password, and not left blank.  When updating to 10.14.1, after the reboot, user accounts with blank passwords won’t be able to log in.  If it is the only user account on the Mac, you will need to boot into Recovery and reset the password.

macOS and iOS reboot vulnerability mostly patched

Kevin Backhouse has disclosed a nasty vulnerability he discovered a few months back, that could be used to forcibly reboot any Mac or iOS device on a local network.  He also wrote a proof-of-concept exploit that does exactly that.

Kevin has been working with Apple since last August, and they were able to address this vulnerability (CVE-2018-4407) in the releases of macOS 10.14 Mojave and iOS 12.  Apple has also patched this via security updates that are now available for macOS 10.13 High Sierra and macOS 10.12 Sierra.  Older versions of macOS and iOS remain vulnerable.

Jamf Connect to support Azure AD

At this year’s Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC) it was announced that Azure AD support will be added soon to Jamf Connect.  Customers that use Azure AD and Jamf Connect will be able to allow users to authenticate into their Macs using their Office 365 username/password.  During new Mac setups this will also allow for immediate login in with Azure AD credentials, skipping the setp of creating a local account on the Mac.

History: Back in November Jamf purchased NoMAD, and rebranded it as Jamf Connect.  Curiously the NoMAD website has not been updated since June, with the exception of the purchase links now redirect to the Jamf website.

Mac Office 2019 is out, confusing versions

Mac Office 2019 is now available to purchase as a standalone product, and to download for qualifying Office 365 subscribers. Curiously Microsoft didn’t significantly change the version of the Office apps to reflect the upgrade. Office 2016 apps go up to version 16.16, and Office 2019 apps start out at version 16.17

Microsoft currently supports running Office 2019 on macOS 10.12 Sierra or later.  Mac Office 2016 will be maintained until October 2020.

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