Apple issues fix for password autofill bug in Safari

NewSafariIconXApple has released three updated versions of its Safari Web browser, which commonly address an issue where saved passwords would not be automatically into relevant password fields as expected. In addition to fixing how passwords are managed, the updates include fixes for iCloud Drive syncing in Yosemite, and otherwise include general stability and performance improvements, according to the updates’ descriptions.

The updates are about 60MB in size, and will bring Safari to versions 8.0.1, 7.1.1, and 6.2.1, and will require OS X 10.10, 10.9.5, and 10.8.5 respectively. To install these updates, you can choose Software Update in the Apple menu, or if you are using Yosemite, choose “About This Mac” and then click the Software Update button. Alternatively you can wait for your Mac to automatically detect and prompt you to install the updates.

These updates will not require a restart to install, but Safari will need to quit and relaunch in order fro the changes to be applied.

As always, be sure you have your Mac fully backed up before applying these and any other updates for your system.

UPDATE: Apple has pulled these updates for now, but they should soon be re-released. There is no given reason for them being pulled, but this is usually from some unexpected bug in the update. If you have applied these updates, then be aware of potential problems with them, and be sure to apply the re-released updates as soon as they are available.

11 thoughts on “Apple issues fix for password autofill bug in Safari

    1. alvarnell

      Only the Yosemite 8.0.1 version was pulled and the most probable reason was issues with the installer. If you were able to update and are not seeing any issues, then you are probably OK. If there was a problem with the installation and you no longer have a working Safari then you will probably need to reinstall Yosemite from the Recovery HD.

      1. B. Jefferson Le Blanc

        You can probably get the Yosemite 10.1 update from the App Store and reapply that instead of reinstalling from scratch.

        1. alvarnell

          Reinstalling from the Recovery HD will only install the last version of OS X where a full installer was used and does not touch the user environment or 3rd party software unless you choose to erase the boot drive first. All you get is a fresh copy of OS X and Apple apps.

      2. Gary

        No – all three have been pulled. As noted below, Safari for 10.9 has gone. Here, at work, my office iMac running 10.8.5 (and otherwise fully up to date) hasn’t shown Safari 6.2.1 yet.

        1. alvarnell

          Safari 7.1.1 has now been replaced by 7.1 in the MAS catalog and Safari 6.2.1 has been replaced by 6.2. Safari 8.0.1 was simply removed.

          The installers are all still available on Apple servers and some of the blog sites have posted those links, but it seems unwise to use them at this point. Best to wait on Apple to correct whatever the problem is.

  1. B. Jefferson Le Blanc

    I am using OS X 10.9.4 and there is no Safari update listed for me at the App Store. So, apparently, the Mavericks version was pulled as well.

    1. alvarnell

      I still see it listed in the MAS catalog. Note in the article that you must be running 10.9.5 to get Safari 7.1.1.

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