Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.7.4

By Richard Mallion

Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.7.4 Update for client and server. This update includes a variety of bug fixes and security updates. Two of the most significant changes are a fix to a restoring windows bug and a patch for a potential security issue with FileVault passwords. An update to Safari is also bundled within the software update.

The complete change log for 10.7.4 client is as follows:

  • Resolve an issue in which the “Reopen windows when logging back in” setting is always enabled.
  • Improve compatibility with certain British third-party USB keyboards.
  • Addresses permission issues that may be caused if you use the Get Info inspector function “Apply to enclosed items…” on your home directory.
  • Improve Internet sharing of PPPoE connections.
  • Improve using a proxy auto-configuration (PAC) file.
  • Address an issue that may prevent files from being saved to an SMB server.
  • Improve printing to an SMB print queue.
  • Improve performance when connecting to a WebDAV server.
  • Enable automatic login for NIS accounts.
  • Include RAW image compatibility for additional digital cameras.
  • Improve the reliability of binding and logging into Active Directory accounts.

The complete change log for 10.7.4 Server is as follows:

File Sharing

  • defining custom names for file share points
  • using Kerberos authentication
  • emptying trash when using a network mounted home directory
  • using WebDAV with third-party iOS clients
  • copying files and Finder information over SMB
  • general reliability of SMB file services

Profile Manager

  • enhanced payloads and management settings for iOS and OS X clients
  • reliability of device enrollments after changing server hostname
  • configuring VPN management settings
  • using profiles to join 802.1x networks
  • installing enterprise iOS applications
  • setting iCloud, Spotlight and Media Restrictions for OS X clients

Web Server

  • improved handling of URL redirects and alias matches

Mail Server

  • improved reliability of SMTP services
  • prevent overwriting of manually configured greylisted mail servers

The update also includes specific fixes for:

  • more flexible service data storage
  • reconfiguring DNS settings when changing hostnames
  • editing DNS expirations
  • archival and migration of Open Directory
  • preserving local accounts during upgrades

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