OS X Mavericks bypasses FileVault

“Starting with the release of Mac OS X 10.4.6, Apple began unifying the PowerPC and Intel releases of Mac OS X. This required a specific low-level library in Mac OS X to be updated in such a way that nothing else, not even the system itself, could be using the library during the update process,” Thomas Brand reports for Egg Freckles. “Thus a second restart was required.”

“People who had shutdown their computers after the first restart were confused when their Macs failed to boot the next time they were turned on, and instead restarted a second time,” Brand reports. “Even worse was the fact the second restart often took several minutes to complete, causing impatient users to hold down the power button on their machines potentially corrupting Mac OS X.”

Brand reports, “The reason Apple is automatically unlocking FileVault 2 in Mavericks is to avoid the potential confusion a second restart would cause on today’s even larger and less prepared Macintosh user community.”

Read more in the full article here.

6 Comments

  1. Glad I never had this problem with my MacBook Pro, with my pos windows laptop this problem was a regular, I had to tun on and off the damn thing few times a day just to get normal things done. Never again

  2. “During the upgrade process, an unlock key is being put into the SMC by the update process to unlock the encrypted volume at boot.”

    Sounds like a ‘back door’ to me.

    1. “…to avoid the potential confusion a second restart would cause on today’s even larger and less prepared Macintosh user community.”

      That would also explain the intentional dumbing down of OS X since Snow Leopard.

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