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OS X 10.8.5 Update Info/Download Updaters/Troubleshooting Tips:
(Available via Software Update. Also added D/L links below)
"The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update:

  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages
  • Improves AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent a screen saver from starting automatically
  • Improves Xsan reliability
  • Improves reliability when transferring large files over Ethernet
  • Improves performance when authenticating to an Open Directory server
  • Addresses an issue that prevented a smart card from unlocking preference panes in System Preferences
  • Contains the improvements included in MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0

Additional Information:
For detailed information about the security content of this update, see Apple security updates."

Our Apple doc listings has specific article on security content of OS X 10.8.5.
You can check Apple's OS X Mountain Lion forum and the Desktop forums or notebook forums of your specific mac model for early feedback. As always, have a current backup and don't forget to check for updates to any 3rd party addons/plugins/etc you may have installed. (Also old troubleshooting tips like disconnecting/reconnecting devices, reinstalling the OS update from a Download/Combo updater (link above), Recovery boot (for volume repairs, restore from TM backup or reinstalls), boot in Safe Mode or test with a different acct login as a check for problems with addons/prefs in the original acct. For things like fans running at high speed, odd power/battery problems or shutdowns try resetting the SMC.)
   A current backup before updating of course is a must but also having a known good/bootable clone of the boot volume is well worth the cost IMO. (BTW: You don't need 3rd party software to make bootable clones. OS X Disk Utility's 'Restore' tab can do it.)

Some Early OS X 10.8.5 Problem Posts/Notes: from above sources and reader mails - see posts in Friday's news on Nvidia Quadro 4000 (not supported/driver issue - updated driver released), notes/tips on USB Bluetooth Adapters not working, WiFi, External Thunderbolt/USB drives ejecting during sleep, MacBook Air camera problems with 3rd party apps/Skype and Kernel panics on wake from sleep after upgrade to 10.8.5 on MacPro with Accelsior PCIe SSD card that has older firmware. (Page updated with info from OWC on Accelsior card model/early firmware version affected and firmware update options.)

Security Update 2013-004 for OS X Lion/Snow Leopard (Clients/Server):
(Download pages linked. See below for related docs)

See Apple support doc listings for specific article on security fixes in this update.
(You can check Apple's OS X Snow Leopard Forum, OS X Lion forum or Servers forums for feedback.)

Safari 5.1.10 for Snow Leopard (Info/Download):
(download page linked)
"About Safari 5.1.10 for Snow Leopard
Safari 5.1.10 for OS X Snow Leopard includes security fixes and is recommended for all Snow Leopard users.
For detailed information about this update, please visit:

System Requirements: OS X v10.6.8 Snow Leopard"

See Apple support doc listings for specific article on security fixes in Safari 5.1.10.
(You can check Apple's Safari forum for feedback. Not sure if any Safari addons are affected.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Wednesday Sept. 11th, 2013 News Archive
  • Oracle Posts Java 7 Update 40 (OS X 10.7.3 or later)
  • Epson Printer Drivers v2.15.1 for OS X
  • That Apple TV Refresh Is Coming Next Week
  • Now Available: Metro Last Light OSX on Steam
  • Prevent OS X FileVault keys from being stored in standby mode
  • New OS X Malware: Another Tibet Variant Found (via Java Applet)
  • Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates:
    - How to resume interrupted iTunes Store downloads
    - Using the iTunes Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
    - iTunes: Sync purchased HD videos to iPod or iOS device
    - iTunes for Windows XP: Troubleshooting video playback
    - OS X: About the "Are you sure you want to open it?" alert
    (File Quarantine/Known Malware Detection)

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