Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 with SSL bug fix, FaceTime Audio, contact blocking and more

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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
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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.