Apple updates OS X Mavericks to 10.9.2 — Fixes SSL vulnerability, adds FaceTime Audio, improves Mail and more!

Apple updates OS X Mavericks to 10.9.2 — Fixes SSL vulnerability, adds FaceTime Audio, improves Mail and more!

Apple on Tuesday released OS X Mavericks 10.9.2, which is now available for download through the Software Update tool. Improvements include a fix to the SSL/TSL bug that's been getting a lot of attention lately, as well as changes to Mail, FaceTime, SMB2 and more.

Changes in the new release include improvements to FaceTime, with the ability to accept FaceTime audio-only calls and call waiting support. You can now block iMessages from individual senders, as well.

Mail gets improvements in this release, including improved unread message accuracy and "an issue that prevented Mail from receiving new messages from certain providers."

Safari AutoFill compatibility has been improved, audio distortion on certain Macs has been fixed, and reliability has been improved when connecting to file servers using the SMB2 protocol. Other fixes include improvements to VPN connections and improved VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder.

To download and install 10.9.2, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the menu.
  2. Select Software Update...
  3. Click the Update button.

Here's the full list of changes and updates, as posted by Apple:

  • Adds the ability to make and receive FaceTime audio calls
  • Adds call waiting support for FaceTime audio and video calls
  • Adds the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders
  • Includes general improvements to the stability and compatibility of Mail
  • Improves the accuracy of unread counts in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented Mail from receiving new messages from certain providers
  • Improves AutoFill compatibility in Safari
  • Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion on certain Macs
  • Improves reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2
  • Fixes an issue that may cause VPN connections to disconnect
  • Improves VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability when navigating websites
  • Improves compatibility with Gmail Archive mailboxes
  • Includes improvements to Gmail labels
  • Improves Safari browsing and Software Update installation when using an authenticated web proxy
  • Fixes an issue that could cause the Mac App Store to offer updates for apps that are already up to date
  • Improves the reliability of diskless NetBoot service in OS X Server
  • Fixes braille driver support for specific HandyTech displays
  • Resolves an issue when using Safe Boot with some systems
  • Improves ExpressCard compatibility for some MacBook Pro 2010 models
  • Resolves an issue which prevented printing to printers shared by Windows XP
  • Resolves an issue with Keychain that could cause repeated prompts to unlock the Local Items keychain
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent certain preference panes from opening in System Preferences
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent migration from completing while in Setup Assistant

We're still waiting on a list of security fixes for this update. Once you've installed and rebooted, let us know — how's OS X 10.9.2 working for you?

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Peter Cohen

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Apple updates OS X Mavericks to 10.9.2 — Fixes SSL vulnerability, adds FaceTime Audio, improves Mail and more!

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Just downloaded it. Smooth as butter. Will play around with Face Time the next few days. Now I can back to using Safari.

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Not a good start for Mail.app. As it's "Optimizing my database" it's offers a link to view what's been changed and updated. When pressed, the Help Center opens and says "The selected topic is currently unavailable. The topic you were trying to view could not be found."

Thanks Apple...

Do you guys have any problems with Messages and FaceTime not recognizing contacts phone number? My conversations and history list only shows the phone numbers with the international prefix in front. I don't keep my contacts with that prefix in my address book.

"...how's OS X 10.9.2 working for you?"

Seems a whole lot like 10.9.1. Looking forward to 10.10 (or whatever its designation will be.)

Dont see anything about battery life in the change log? Hope it fixes the issues that many of the late model mackbook airs are having with Mavericks.

Completly messed up my dual monitor setup, but seems to add more options for the 2nd monitor. I'm just glad they fixed the SSL bug, I also like that I can use FaceTime on my Mac now, nice addition.

I keep clicking the update and it says restart, so I do. However when it boots back up it gives me the option again. Looks like it hasn't updated. Anyone know what could be causing this?? I'm running Mavericks on a 2013 MacBook Pro.

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10.9.2 still does not fix windows shares being slow if the share directory has a large amount of files or folders. A windows 2008 server standard share with less than 100 files/folders renders on 10.9.2 in a few seconds. if the number of files/folders exceeds that amount, the time increases significantly. i have one server i connect to that takes almost 10 minutes to render the files. There are over 5000 folders/files in this directory.

seems my macbook power button sleep mode is a bit fouled up after the update.
and the flash update from adobe isn't updating either via safari. chrome still works thankfully.
but a +1 for the SSL fix

BEWARE of this upgrade!!!
Running Mavericks on iMac Core i7 system. Updated 10.9.1 to 10.9.2 hosed my system. Could not reboot - hung on apple w/ spinning gear. On phone with AppleCare (who, by the way are GREAT) for hours. The person I was talking to said this was the THIRD such case she had since the release of 10.9.2. Finally did clean re-install of 10.9.1 from my USB.