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Syslogd Overwhelming Your Computer?

If your Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5) system is unexpectedly sluggish, logging might be the culprit. Run Activity Monitor (Applications/Utilities/ folder), and click the CPU column twice to get it to show most to least activity. If syslogd is at the top of the list, there's a fix. Syslogd tracks informational messages produced by software and writes them to the asl.db, a file in your Unix /var/log/ directory. It's a known problem that syslogd can run amok. There's a fix: deleting the asl.db file.

Launch Terminal (from the same Utilities folder), and enter these commands exactly as written, entering your administrative password when prompted:

sudo launchctl stop com.apple.syslogd

sudo rm /var/log/asl.db

sudo launchctl start com.apple.syslogd

Your system should settle down to normal. For more information, follow the link.

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Security Update 2012-002 (Snow Leopard)

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Alongside Mac OS X 10.7.4 and to address roughly the same set of vulnerabilities, Apple has released Security Update 2012-002 for Snow Leopard and Snow Leopard Server. The fixes revolve around the open source components of Mac OS X (including curl, Ruby, and Samba), directory services, and dealing with maliciously crafted files in ImageIO, QuickTime, and various other internal libraries. Unlike some other recent Apple updates, we haven’t seen any widespread reports of problems. (Free, 238.73/258.11 MB)

 

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Comments about Security Update 2012-002 (Snow Leopard)

Rolf Schmolling  2012-05-15 01:24
well, it does not show up on my MBP (10.6) via Apple auto updates and is NOT listed in the list of security updates Apple posted. A bit mysterious. R.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-05-15 05:32
Are you running 10.6.8? It showed up for me in Software Update, and the links in the article above go directly to the downloads on Apple's Support Downloads page.
Rolf Schmolling  2012-05-15 12:44
yep 10.6.8. My machine still tells me everything is shipshape and uptodate. I can only presume that somehow I must have it already installed, maybe together with the latest Safari. That just doesn't fit with the release-date of today. R.
Ken Powell  2012-05-17 17:28
FWIW, using the article link to access the Apple site shows the Snow Leopard update was posted on May 9. I received the software update notification May 12. (1st gen. MacBook, 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo)

I recall reading somewhere (probably TidBITS) Apple staggers their software update notifications to keep their servers from being overwhelmed.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-05-18 05:47
I generally haven't seen that level of delay, but perhaps it has changed recently. Also, check your Software Update settings and see if perhaps you're set to check weekly or monthly, rather than daily.
Ken Powell  2012-05-19 11:10
On this computer, Software Update is set to check weekly which would explain the delay. Given Apple's recent record with updates, perhaps changing to monthly would be wise... :-)

Thanks!
Ken