In what appears to the case of the missing library, Apple's latest security update has broken support for 64-bit applications.
The problems affect systems that have installed the latest patches that Apple started distributing Monday night.
Apple added support for 64-bit applications to OS X on systems powered by the G5 processor earlier this year with the launch of OS X 10.4 Tiger.
Informatica, a maker of a tool for technical computing (read: really hard calculations) in science, engineering, math and finance, unveiled a version of its software running on the 64-bit software last month. On Tuesday the company sent out an email to customers warning stating that:
"Due to an error on the part of Apple, this update prevents any 64-bit-native application from running. In particular, this means that Mathematica 5.2 will not run on any G5 system if it has installed this Security Update."
Apple wouldn't comment on the issue. But citing sources familiar with the matter, vnunet.com claimed that the problem was caused by a library that was missing from Monday's update.
Wolfram found the bug by testing Apple's update on Tuesday, mere hours after Apple made the patch available. So why didn't Apple test the update? Especially since this problem isn't limited to Wolfram, but affects all native 64-bit applications.
Is poor testing the price that OS X users will have to pay for the limited size of the software maker?
UPDATE 8/18 9:13am PDT:
Apple at midnight (PDT) last night released a patch to fix the problem. Called Security update 2005-007 v1.1, it replaces the security update that was released Monday night.
OS X breaks 64 bits applications
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