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Thursday, November 15, 2007, 10:00 am PT (01:00 pm ET)

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.5.1 Update for Leopard users

Apple on Thursday released Mac OS X 10.5.1 Update, its first maintenance and security update to the new Leopard operating system which is recommended for all users.

Mac OS X 10.5.1 is available as a 110MB download and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac, Apple says.

The following improvements for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs are included in this update:

AirPort
  • Allows password-protected accounts on AirPort Disks to show up on in the Finder's Shared Sidebar.
  • Resolves an issue with saved passwords for wireless networks.

Back to My Mac
  • Improves the reliability of Back to My Mac-enabled Macs appearing in the Finder's Shared Sidebar.
  • Improves compatibility with D-Link NAT gateways.

Disk utilities
  • Restores the functionality of the progress bar during permission repairs in Disk Utility.
  • Addresses an issue that could produce an alert when creating disk images using Disk Utility or Terminal.
  • Improves disk partitioning when multiple RAID sets are created on the same disk.

iCal
  • iCal alarms are now more reliably delivered via email.
  • Resolves an issue when inviting attendees via a CalDAV account.

Mail
  • Improves stability when resizing columns in the message viewer or switching between Stationery templates in email messages.
  • Addresses an issue in which attachments enclosed inside an HTML link may not be clickable in email messages.
  • Fixes an issue with email accounts added using the "Simple Setup" feature in which messages cannot be sent due to an SMTP connection failure.
  • Improves Smart Mailboxes compatibility with .Mac Sync, and addresses an issue with To Do's disappearing when using Smart Mailboxes.
  • Resolves an issue with syncing Mail accounts with .Mac in which multiple On My Mac folders appear in the Mailbox pane.

Networking
  • Addresses an issue in which Microsoft Windows shared folders may be read-only when connected via SMB.

Printing
  • Resolves an issue in which user-selected values on Paper Feed PDE are reset to default while saving a custom preset.

Security, Firewall
  • Addresses a code signing issue; third-party applications can now run when included in the Application Firewall or when whitelisted in Parental Controls.
  • In Security preferences' Firewall tab, the "Block All" option is now called "Allow Only essential services".
  • Includes recent Apple security updates..

System and Finder
  • Addresses a potential data loss issue when moving files across partitions in the Finder.
  • Resolves an issue with login after turning off FileVault for a specific user account.
  • Improves compatibility with Adobe Flash-based uploaders used by .Mac Web Gallery and certain other websites and applications.
  • Resolves a potential text drawing issue with certain Adobe Flash-based websites and applications.

Time Machine
  • Addresses formatting issues with certain drives used with Time Machine (specifically, single-partition MBR drives greater than 512 GB in size as well as NTFS drives of any size and partition scheme).
  • Resolves an issue in which files restored in Time Machine may be restored to the backup hierarchy rather than the folders to which they belong.

Mac OS X 10.5.1 Server

Apple also released Mac OS X Server 10.5.1 Update [110MB] which delivers several improvements, including:

Server Preferences
  • Addresses an issue which could block adding external users to a newly-created group.

NetBoot
  • Addresses an issue in which 10.5.x-based software images could lead to an unresponsive NetBoot client.

Open Directory
  • Addresses an issue blocking control of client application access when usernames contain non-ASCII characters.
  • Addresses intermittent Password Server errors.

SMB File Service
  • Addresses an issue in which Microsoft Windows clients may misinterpret shared folders' ACL settings.