Apple releases OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 with Safari 7.0.6

Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 Update which is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.

This update:
• Improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentication
• Improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server
• Includes Safari 7.0.6

For detailed information about this update, please visit:

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit:

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


    1. Wrote the 2 replies above yesterday, today I had time to run the Mavericks update, and it is Safari 7.1 that appears after the Mavericks update is loaded. MDN needs to make a correction.

    1. My work around has been to set my home page to DuckDuckGo. When I want to search, I open a new tab – which is set to go to my home page.

      In addition, there is (has been) a Safari extension for DuckDuckGo so when one wants to search, just click the DuckDuckGo button on the toolbar. (I forget if I had to modify the toolbar or if the button automatically appeared).

      1. I’ve been using Glims for Safari for a couple years. It lets you permanently switch to any default search engine you like, including the increasingly excellent DuckDuckGo.

        (I wrote up a few scripts to add to Glims over at, if you dig back through the Glims comments).

  1. Getting the updater to run has been a bit rough tonight. It doesn’t help that Apple updated their iTunes Store Terms and Conditions, requiring user approval, at the same time. But persistence and patience pay off. Try updating outside of the Internet rush hours.

    1. Wow, a long list of updates tonight! Happily, all their security documents have been posted. Good on ya Apple! At the moment, not all of the updates have been posted to Apple’s Downloads page. I just finished the 10.9.5 update and it went swimmingly. Here’s the list:

      – iOS 8
      – Apple TV 7
      – Xcode 6.0.1 (for the Yosemite beta only)
      – OS X Mavericks 10.9.5
      – Security Update 2014-004 (incorporated into 10.9.5)
      – Safari 6.2 (apparently for 10.7.5)
      – Safari 7.1 (for 10.8.5 as well as 10.9.5 after its update is installed).
      – OS X Server 3.2.1 (for 10.9.5 after its update is installed)
      – OS X Server 2.2.3 (for OS X 10.8.5)

      The links to all the related security documents can be found here:

      NOTE: The URL I provided above is for the USA in English. Not all of Apple’s world servers have the updated version of the security page yet, so your results will vary for other country’s pages.

      I’ll be writing up a summary of the security aspects of these updates on Thursday over at my Mac-Security blog.

  2. Here is an off-topic item that hasn’t yet been reported by MDN that is friggen’ brilliant! This is Apple’s best move since Tim Cook as been at the helm.

    Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants

    This is going to create a *lot* of demand for iOS 8. Those with devices that don’t support iOS 8 will want to upgrade to a new Apple device.

    On the downside, note that it says, “Apple will still have the ability — and the legal responsibility — to turn over user data stored elsewhere, such as in its iCloud service, which typically includes backups of photos, videos, e-mail communications, music collections and more.”

    This only reinforces my negative attitude about iCloud. Regardless, the overall news for Apple and Apple user is excellent.

  3. Keep in mind that the vast bulk of the Google services that people use (searching, email) are provided without charge. How do you think Google pays for the infrastructure it takes to do that? They’ve gotta sell something, and your personal data is about all they’ve got.

    I don’t like it either – moved away from Gmail several years ago, and switched to a non-tracking browser a year or so ago. (Used Glims to run the ixquick search engine under Safari – still trying to get Glims to work on Safari 7.1 so I can keep using it, although DDG will do for the moment.)

    But if people want services “for free” they shouldn’t be surprised that they have to give up something to get it.

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