MrMacintosh.com - Apple has just released the macOS Mojave 10.14.6
Apple has just released the macOS Mojave 10.14.6 “Supplemental Update” which is a fixed version of Safari 14.0

Apple has just released the macOS Mojave 10.14.6 Supplemental Update, which includes a fixed version of Safari 14.0. It address the problems of the previous release. The Security Update 2020-005 was also re-released.

Apple has just released a Mojave Supplemental Update that address all the problems that the previous Safari 14.0 and 2020-005 Security Updates! This news comes one day after Apple pulled both software updates from the software update catalog.

You can find a full summary of the issue in the link below.

mrmacintosh.com/mojave-2020-005-security-update-causing-major-problems-updated/

Table of Contents

  • 1. Name of the Update?
  • 2. Details of the macOS 10.14.5 Supplemental Update
  • 3. I’ve tested this update and have confirmed that it fixes most of the issues!
  • 4. macOS Mojave 2020-005 Security Update Re-Released
  • 5. Confusing? Yes, I will explain.
  • 6. Inside the macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update
  • 7. Which update does your Mac need?
  • 8. Did you install ONLY install – Safari 14.0?
  • 9. Did you install ONLY install – 2020-005 Security Update?
  • 10. Did you install BOTH Safari 14.0 & Security Update 2020-005?
  • 11. Did you not install either of the updates?
  • 12. Did I cover all the situations that you could be in?
  • 13. 10.14.6 Supplemental Update Links
  • 14. Security Content of macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update
  • 15. Final Thoughts
  • 16. Thank You

1. Name of the Update?

Apple calls this update “macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update” Which is a bit confusing. In this particular case, the naming might make sense. Even though the update only includes a fixed Safari pkg, it also includes fixes that repair previous install OS level issues.

MrMacintosh.com - running softwareupate -l to check the names of the updates.
softwareupate -l shows the name. It’s technically called Safari14.0MojaveAuto-10.14.6

NOTE!!! The update also includes a required restart. (Normal Safari Updates do not require a restart.)

2. Details of the macOS 10.14.5 Supplemental Update

From – support.apple.com/en-us/HT211872

MrMacintosh.com - macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update (Safari 14.0) Details.

6. Confusing? Yes, I will explain.Contents of the 10.14.6 Supplemental Update (Safari 14.0)

macOS Mojave 10.14.6 supplemental update includes Safari 14 and bug fixes for your Mac.

This includes bug fixes.

  •       • Resolves an issue that could impact app performance
  •       • Addresses a stability issue with Migration Assistant 
  •       • Fixes an issue that may prevent user account creation

Safari 14 Features

  •       • New tab bar design shows more tabs on screen and displays favicons by default
  •       • Customizable start page allows you to set a background image and add new sections
  •       • Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention
  •       • Removes support for Adobe Flash for improved security

Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices.

For detailed information on the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.

3. I’ve tested this update and have confirmed that it fixes most of the issues! (Memory issue needs more testing)

As you can see in the first 3 patch notes, this update looks to resolve our memory issues, account creation issues and the migration assistant issues!

I have confirmed that this update at the very least fixes the following.

UPDATE! 10:30PM – I am seeing multiple reports that all memory problems are fixed after installing the new Supplemental Update!

  1. Account creation issues
  2. Migration assistant crashing
  3. Software Update errors
  4. Time Machine Local Snapshot errors.
  5. The Memory issues looks to be sorted out (From multiple user reports!)

4. macOS Mojave 2020-005 Security Update Re-Released

Along with the new Supplemental Safari Update, the Mojave 2020-005 Security update was re-released back into the software update catalog.

5. Confusing? Yes, I will explain.

In the past, when something was wrong with the OS after an update, Apple would release a “Supplemental Update” to fix any problems between point releases. Example

  1. 10.14.5 was released but had some serious problems
  2. Instead of waiting 3 months until 10.14.6 >
  3. Apple will release a Supplemental Update.
  4. This update will fix any issues of the previous point release.

That’s what this update looks like, but instead of a normal supplemental update that includes all the normal point release bits like firmware, and other things. The update is really just one package – Safari 14.0 + Fixes & Reboot!

6. Inside the macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update

So if this is not a normal supplemental update, what is it?

MrMacintosh.com - macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update (Safari 14.0) inside Details.
This is what’s inside of the macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update (FIxed Safari 14.0)

As you can see, this update only has the fixed version of Safari 14.0 inside! NOTE: this update has a REQUIRED RESTART!

What does a normal supplemental update look like?

MrMacintosh.com - macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update #2 inside Details.
This is what’s included in a full Supplemental Update. This is the 10.14.6 Supplemental Update #2

As you can see a normal “Supplemental Update” includes a bunch of stuff. I just wanted to clear up any confusion that you might have. (I was confused when I first saw the update.)

7. Which update does your Mac need?

We have multiple scenarios to work with here. I have used a test Mac to go over the many situations that a user might be in so you are not left wondering what to do!

  • 1. Did you install ONLY install – Safari 14.0?
  • 2. Did you install ONLY install – 2020-005 Security Update?
  • 3. Did you install BOTH Safari 14.0 & Security Update 2020-005?
  • 4. Did you not install either of the updates?

8. Did you install ONLY install – Safari 14.0?

Let’s say that you installed Safari 14.0 a few days ago but heard the news about all the problems that the 2020-005 security update was causing.

Your Safari Version is = 14.0 (14610.1.28.1.9)

You will see the following in Software update.

MrMacintosh.com - Did you install ONLY install - Safari 14.0?
This is what you will see if you only installed the old version of Safari 14.0

The following will happen in this scenario.

  1. A new fixed version of Safari will install first (Supplemental Update)
  2. The Re-Released version of Mojave 2020-005 Security Update will install
  3. Reboot
  4. You are now fully up to date with no issues!
  5. Mojave will be on the same Build Version 10.14.6 (18G2030)
  6. Safari version is UPDATED – 14.0 (14610.1.28.1.10)
  7. You are good to go!

9. Did you install ONLY install – 2020-005 Security Update?

Let’s say you need flash and you didn’t want to install Safari 14.0. But you did see the Security Update 2020-005 and installed it. In this situation, you would still be fine (maybe) even if you installed the old version of Safari 14.0. The problem would only happen if you installed Safari 14.0 first then the 2020-005 update.

What would you see in software update?

MrMacintosh.com - Did you install ONLY install - 2020-005 Security Update?
You only need to install the Supplemental Update (Safari 14.0 Fixed) and will be good to go!

In this case you would only see the fixed Safari 14.0 Supplemental Update.

Once installed you are good to go!

10. Did you install BOTH Safari 14.0 & Security Update 2020-005?

Let’s say that you had automatic updates set and you got both updates. Your system is in a broken state.

What would you see in software update?

MrMacintosh.com - Did you install BOTH Safari 14.0 & Security Update 2020-005?
What you would see in SU if you previously installed both problematic updates.

The following will happen in this scenario.

  1. First, a new fixed version of Safari update your old version (Supplemental Update)
  2. The Re-Released version of Mojave 2020-005 Security Update will install
  3. Reboot
  4. You are now fully up to date with no issues!
  5. Mojave will be on the same Build Version 10.14.6 (18G2030)
  6. Safari version is UPDATED – 14.0 (14610.1.28.1.10)
  7. You should be fixed!!!

11. Did you not install either of the updates?

Let’s say that you heard of the news of the problematic updates and were able to save your Mac.

What would you see in software update?

MrMacintosh.com - 11. Did you not install either of the updates?
This is what you would see on a mac with 10.14.6 (18G6020) and Below.

You would see both updates

The following would happen in this scenario.

The following will happen in this scenario.

  1. The new version of Safari will install first (Supplemental Update)
  2. The Re-Released version of Mojave 2020-005 Security Update will install
  3. Reboot
  4. You are now fully up to date with no issues!
  5. Mojave will be Build Version 10.14.6 (18G2030)
  6. Safari version now – 14.0 (14610.1.28.1.10)
  7. You are good to go!

12. Did I cover all the situations that you could be in?

Did you have an install scenario that I missed. I attempted to cover and test them all. Let me know!

13. 10.14.6 Supplemental Update Links

14. Security Content of macOS 10.14.6 Supplemental Update

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211872

15. Final Thoughts

Wow… what a week. After breaking this story on Sunday, many mainstream Apple websites started to pick up on this.

macrumors.com/2020/10/01/apple-pulls-macos-mojave-security-update/

appleinsider.com/articles/20/10/01/apple-pulls-buggy-macos-mojave-security-update-safari-14

It was really cool to see this little blog mentioned. 🙂

With that said, I think Apple handled this pretty good. They might have taken a bit to pull the update, but they came out with a fix only one day later!

Hopefully we can get a closer eye on update quality moving forward.

16. Thank You

I wanted to thank all of my Mr. Macintosh readers, Twitter followers, YouTube Subscribers and those who emailed me. You have shared so many of your thank-you notes, comments, tips and fix stories. I really appreciated reading them all. I created this blog for you! I am finally at a point in my life where I can take all of the knowledge that I’ve learned along the way and share it with you.

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