It used to be so easy to toggle showing private data in the Unified Logging system. You just ran the command sudo log config - -mode “private_data:on”. And then you’d see the hidden data in the log that’s hiding behind the places where you see <private>. All this changed with macOS Catalina, now you receive an error when running that command in 10.15. This means there wasn’t a really good way to get that useful debugging information.

UNTIL NOW!

Thanks to Dan Griggs of cmdSecurity (creator of cmdReporter). He was able to figure out the necessary configuration profile using Apple’s documentation on…


10.15.3 update no longer stores encrypted emails, unencrypted!

The Apple Mail S/MIME encryption bug I blogged about back in November has been solved by the 10.15.3 update for Catalina that was released on January 28th!

I participate in the Appleseed Beta program and regularly test early releases of updates. I was very pleased to see in the release notes as betas were released for 10.15.3 that encrypted emails will no longer appear in Spotlight searches. I was also contacted by AppleCare Enterprise Support around the same time about the upcoming fix. In less than 90 days from my previous blog…


UPDATE: 2/4/2020 — the 10.15.3 update released on January 28th fixes the issue, suggestd no longer learns from encrypted messages regardless if Siri and Siri Suggestions are enabled. https://medium.com/@boberito/apple-mail-encryption-bug-fixed-d10f7395352e

I was investigating how macOS and Siri suggest contacts and information to you, the user. This led me to the process called suggestd, run by the system level LaunchAgent com.apple.suggestd, and the Suggestions folder in the user-level Library folder, which contains multiple files and some potentially important database files (.db files). …


I’m not exactly sure when Apple started doing this with Feedback tickets submitted. But now there may be some feedback to your feedback ticket that you’ve submitted even if they haven’t actually responded!

If you go to https://feedbackassistant.apple.com or use the Feedback Assistant application you can see potentially some feedback! Maybe everybody already knew this and it’s just new to me but in asking a few friends, they had no idea about this.

On the web and in Feedback Assistant if you open any ticket submitted you’ll see at the top.

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Real easter eggs are long gone from the macOS. But here’s some interesting goodies I found while poking around in /System/Library/Sandbox. You have the rootless.conf which points to an easy list of files protected by SIP.

Then you have the Profiles folder that since the 10.14 days has grown from 123 files to 159 files in 10.15. You’d think that it would have just straight increased with 36 more things protected by SIP. But there’s a number of files that do not exist in 10.15 that exist in 10.14. Here’s the 6 files not in 10.15.

com.apple.AppleMediaServices.sb com.apple.ModernizerXPC.sb com.apple.pictd.sb com.apple.qtkitserver.sb…

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