OS X updates for Server applications

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by bernuli, May 31, 2015.

  1. bernuli macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2011
    It looks as though the OS X updates do not update postfix. Seems like postfix is current at the time of the 10.x initial release but goes not further.

    Is this an issue? Should I be manually updating postfix if running a public mail server? What other services should be updated…by me?
  2. Cybaru macrumors newbie


    Aug 12, 2015
    While I agree that this is an issue, it is not necessarily an error.

    Apple typically does not update Apache, Postgres, Postfix, etc. in their server updates. Those get updated alongside 10.9->10.10 OS X upgrades, or Server.app 3.x->4.0 updates.

    The only exception to that process that I'm aware of is Apple updating Postgres when they went to Server.app 4.1.

    If you manually update these open-source packages, you run the risk of breaking the Server.app's GUI controls. Apple has usually done some rather significant under-the-hood modifications of the off-the-shelf open-source packages.

    If this is a problem for you/your company, you should consider switching server OS platforms to one that receives more frequent and timely updates to address security vulnerabilities.

    If you'd like some specific recommendations or have additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me privately.

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