Security Update Breaks Ethernet Port on iMacs and MacBook Pros [Updated]

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    As reported on the MacRumors forums and Reddit, a recent Apple security update has disabled the ethernet port on some iMacs and MacBook Pros. zorinlynx writes:
    The experience was mirrored by several other readers. Apple appears to have already replaced the faulty update, but there doesn't appear to be an obvious solution for those affected.

    Update 9:30 PM: Apple has posted a support document outlining how to tell whether your system has the bad update installed and how to update to the fixed version 3.28.2.

    Article Link: Security Update Breaks Ethernet Port on iMacs and MacBook Pros [Updated]
     
  2. bpran macrumors newbie

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  3. djbuddha macrumors regular

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    Well it doesn't get any more secure than no connection :p
     
  4. pat500000, Feb 27, 2016
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    Oh...I feel so safe now. Now that nobody can't hack my computer through online...without connection.


    Another apple incident bite the dust....
    Hey apple...get rid of software of vp and engineers.
     
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    People do for stable and faster connection...I'm assuming u meant Ethernet cable, right?
     
  7. brownpaw macrumors regular

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    Some people live in areas with a super congested wireless spectrum. I keep as much as I can on Ethernet for this reason.
     
  8. rnj79 macrumors regular

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    Yep. I do. Faster connection.
     
  9. pat500000 macrumors 68040

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    How ..as in what way?
     
  10. SRPmime macrumors newbie

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    Shared storage rely on it
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    I have same computer. And it's broke
     
  11. keysofanxiety macrumors 601

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    Loads of people do. The only downside to Ethernet is that it has to be plugged in. Are you also surprised that people still use desktops?
     
  12. bpran macrumors newbie

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    my 2 ethernet ports died.
    I meant, it's not just iMacs and MacbookPro..., MacPro also affected.
     
  13. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    I'm shocked that it was released in the first place, how did it pass any reasonable network tests or the QA process?
     
  14. pat500000 macrumors 68040

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    Didn't know.....but wow....Apple definitely shouldn't be in computer business ...
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    This is bad on apple side.
     
  15. gpat macrumors 6502a

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    I'm cringing so hard over here.
     
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    Anyone that knows anything about networking, plays games online, or lives in congested areas...and those with the means to wire their entire house...
     
  17. Mr-Stabby macrumors 6502

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    Of course they do! You really think wireless can replace Ethernet at this point for anything other than internet and basic file sharing?
     
  18. duncandsorderly macrumors newbie

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    >>Do people still use ethernet in 2016??<<

    yes. it's faster, more secure, more reliable in wireless-congested city apartments &... it works, whereas wifi can be flakey on a 15" rMBP if you also have BT enabled.

    in re the question as to how to fix this once the security update has broken your ethernet driver... ("but there doesn't appear to be an obvious solution for those affected."), if you're not using TM & can't roll back, go somewhere where you can use wifi & apply the new version of the patch. let me know if I'm overcomplicating things here.
     
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    Only the smart ones.
     
  20. pat500000 macrumors 68040

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    It's possible that this person may not know what Ethernet is.....so who knows.
     
  21. JohnApples macrumors 6502a

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    Haha, poor guy's notifications are gonna be blowing up with everyone quoting him.

    Does anyone know if this also affects Mac Mini (2014)?
     
  22. logicstudiouser macrumors 6502

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    Ethernet > WI-FI
    Faster, more stable connection and also I save on battery life substantially by turning off wi-fi and using an ethernet connection.
     
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    So I was adding a time capsule to my network last night and I inactivated my Ethernet port. (I'm not getting into the whys, not important)

    When I rebooted my retina iMac, I had no Ethernet.

    System profiler said no PCI Ethernet installed.

    Thought it was a fluke, so I booted via Internet recovery and I was getting an Ethernet interface there.

    So I just reinstalled 10.11 and called it a night.

    Working fine now. (As an aside, all your data will still be there, you just have to do the 10.11 to 10.11.3 updates.)

    Interesting.
     
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    I guess attention to detail is fleeting at Apple these days....
     

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