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Apple borks Mac OS X updates with failure to renew SSL certificate

Firm enjoys the bank holiday a little too much
Tue May 27 2014, 11:02

Macbook Air 11in 2014MAC OWNERS were unable to install updates on their Apple computers this weekend, as the firm apparently forgot to renew an SSL certificate.

A number of Mac owners were greeted with an error message when they tried to download software updates over the weekend. This was because Apple was enjoying the bank holiday weekend too much, and forgot to renew an SSL certificate required in order to perform software updates, which was valid from 22 May 2012 to 24 May 2014.

The error message read, "The certificate for this server is invalid. You might be connecting to a server that is pretending to be 'swscan.apple.com' which could put you confidential information at risk." Some users reported that they were getting an "NSURLErrorDomain error -1012" error instead.

As you would expect, this did not go down well with Mac users, who flocked to Apple's support forums to blast the company for the problem.

One user wrote, "Tim Cook should just say to Siri: Siri, Remind me to fire the guy in charge of swscan.apple.com on Monday, May 26th."

Another added, "It is unfortunate, but I have come to accept that Apple is prone to lots of mistakes. Under Jobs these mistakes were limited, but now the Cook steers the ship, the waters are more hazardous."

Apple has yet to comment, but it seems that the issue has now been fixed, as we were able to install a software update on our Macbook on Tuesday morning. For those still experiencing problems, software updates can be downloaded manually from Apple's support website.

This wasn't the only issue iDevice owners experienced over the weekend. It has also been reported that Australian hackers have hijacked Apple's Find My iPhone feature to hold iPhone, iPad and Mac users to ransom. µ

 

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