Mac 10.6.5 Update Crashes PGP-Enabled Macs

By on Nov 12, 2010 in Desktop, Internet, Notebook, Software, Technology Comments

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Are you an avid Apple Mac user and wished to apply the Mac 10.6.5 security update soon? Do you also have PGP Whole Disk Encryption (WDE) installed on your Mac?

If your answers to both questions are YES, then you should slow down and read the complete article  to avoid some Mac crash or unbootable Mac problems.

According to several tech news sites, the latest Mac OS X 10.6.5 has some incompatibility with PGP Whole Disk Encrypted systems and applying the security update may cause the Mac to be unbootable.

PGP Corporation confirmed this issue via an announcement in their website.  “Mac OS X PGP WDE customers should not apply the recent Mac OS X 10.6.5 update. Compatibility issues may prevent the system from successfully booting” the official announcement stated.

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PGP corporation also added a workaround process in the announcement. They said that customers can accomplish the upgrade safely by following the steps below:

1. the PGP Whole Disk Encrypted system is first decrypted

2. the MAC OS X 10.6.5 update is applied and

3. re-encrypting back the PGP WDE file system

The data encryption company also created a support page for Mac users who are stuck in an unbootable state.

Mac OS X v10.6.5 update contains more than 20 general fixes, performance improvements and security enhancements. It was released to public last November 10.

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