After the latest Mac update caused major problems for one of Bitcoin’s oldest wallets, its development team released a fix
Originally raised as a Github issue, the Big Sur update surrounds customers of MacOS Electrum, a portfolio of bitcoin software that is a favorite of energy consumers due to sophisticated tools and user controls. The Electrum team announced today that a new version solves the problem.
“Currently, the latest edition of Big Sur is a completely broken Electrum [for Mac devices]. You can’t open the app or load any of your wallets, “an Electrum user, Nico, told CoinDesk.
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Although “the root cause is still unknown,” Electrum developer SomberNight said on the Github website, it is related to the treatment of Python’s Big Sur, the coding language in which Electrum is written.
To work around this problem, Electrum users can run the software from source (ie by manually compiling the source code) or integrate an older version of Python into their software. The Electrum team’s repair includes the latest decision.
Snafu is the first case of the latest version of Apple, which violates the realm of bitcoins, but not for the first time the update causes problems.
Since the release of version 11.0 last week, a bug in Apple’s servers has led to global shutdowns of Mac hardware running the update. These servers process OCSP requests or data packets that verify user credentials for applications.
Mac users soon discovered that the Big Sur update and the bug were related. Big Sur sends OCSP requests for every online and offline application that the user opens, and if those requests fail, the computer also fails.
This activity logging feature is present from the Apple Catilina update, but Big Sur does it so Mac users can’t cheat the firewall and VPN feature like they ever could.
These requests are transmitted unencrypted, which raises confidentiality concerns about how this data can be intercepted and used by third parties. From a Bitcoin user’s point of view, this feature will broadcast whenever a wallet, coin mixer, or other Bitcoin-related service is used on their device.