As expected, Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 with a number of new features like FaceTime Audio, contact blocking, but most importantly, a fix for a critical security flaw that could let an attacker sniff and modify your data on secure HTTPS connections.
Apple has released seven beta versions of OS X 10.9.2 to developers since December. Besides the SSL fix and various performance enhancements, the latest version of OS X 10.9.2 adds a call waiting feature to FaceTime audio and video calls. It also updates Messages with the ability to block incoming iMessages from individual senders. Other changes include:
- Improved “Autofill” capabilities in Safari
- A fix for an issue that could cause audio distortion
- Improved reliability when connecting to a file server using SMB2
- A fix for an issue that could cause VPN connections to disconnect
- Improved VoiceOver navigation in Mail and Finder
- improved accuracy of unread messages counts in Mail
- Fix for an issue that prevents Mail from receiving messages from select providers
The update is available from the Updates tab in the Mac App Store or from Apple menu () > Software Update. It weighs 769MB, and requires a restart to complete updating. It is recommended that you update right away, since the security vulnerability is quite dangerous, especially on unprotected public Wi-Fi networks.
For more information about the update, visit Apple’s support page.