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Apple’s macOS 14.4.1 Sonoma Update Released To Fix USB Hub And Java Issues

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Apple has launched the macOS 14.4.1 Sonoma update to address problems related to USB Hubs and Java applications.

Apple Resolves USB Hub and Java Concerns in macOS 14.4.1

The latest update is focused on resolving existing issues rather than adding new features. After the release of macOS 14.4 earlier this month, which included over 50 security patches, users encountered issues with USB Hubs malfunctioning, leading to disruptions like automatic disconnections or complete failure, affecting peripherals such as Ethernet connections, monitors, and external hard drives.

Apple has fixed these problems with the macOS 14.4.1 update. The release notes mention that the update fixes issues with external displays connected via USB hubs not working correctly. If your accessories are not working after the update, Apple suggests power cycling them.

Another problem users faced with macOS 14.4 was Java applications crashing after installation. The macOS 14.4.1 update now addresses this issue, ensuring proper functioning of apps like JetBrains after the update.

Moreover, macOS 14.4 experienced audio plugin issues causing failures in opening or validating them, impacting the use of professional music software on Mac devices. This led developers like Kilohearts and MixWave to warn users about Audio Unit (AU) problems in macOS 14.4 and advise against updating. Apple has fixed these issues with copy-protected Audio Unit plugins in macOS 14.4.1, allowing music apps to work correctly.

Security Enhancements in macOS 14.4.1 Sonoma

The macOS 14.4.1 Sonoma update, with build number 23E224, includes fixes for 2 security vulnerabilities. One vulnerability (CVE-2024-1580) is related to the CoreMedia framework used with audio/video devices, while the second issue involves WebRTC (CVE-2024-1580). Both vulnerabilities allowed arbitrary code execution through image processing, which was addressed by fixing an out-of-bounds write with improved input validation. Google Project Zero’s Nick Galloway discovered and reported these vulnerabilities to Apple.

Additionally, Apple has released macOS Ventura 13.6.6, containing the same security fixes. Safari 17.4.1, available through updates for macOS Monterey and macOS Ventura, addresses the WebRTC vulnerability. The iOS 17.4.1 release last week also fixed the aforementioned security issues.

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In unrelated news, the US Government has taken legal action against Apple for alleged monopolistic practices in the smartphone industry. Refer to previous coverage for more details.

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