Troubleshooting Security update 2003-03-03: Sendmail broken

Troubleshooting Security update 2003-03-03: Sendmail broken


Several readers report that the 2003-03-03 Security Update breaks functionality of one component it is supposed to patch: Sendmail.

One solution to this problem is to revert to the original copy of /usr/sbin/sendmail, which all OS X users should therefore back up before applying the 3/3/03 Security Update. A MacFixIt reader writes:

"I did this and sendmail has been restored: the other files altered by the Security Update, as noted on MacFixIt yesterday, don't seem to need retrograding, just this one file."

Another reader on the Apple Discussion boards reports that Sendmail wants any directory that it uses to only have root permissions and not be group writable. If you kill any running sendmails and restart sendmail you will probably get a message similar to "Group writable directory". The poster's solution is to type the following command into the Terminal, with root capabilities enabled:
  • chmod g-w / /Users
  • /System/Library/StartupItems/Sendmail/Sendmail start

In some cases, users may be experiencing is the loss of custom configurations they have added to /etc/mail/ and /etc/mail/ The security update puts clean copies in these locations and moved the old ones to the side with an ".applesaved" suffix.

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