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Disturbs me somewhat that Apple has a way to silently push changes to laptops without user interaction.





You can disable it in Preferences -> Software Update -> Advanced -> Install system data files and security updates

From there you can manage the updates manually from the command line with the `softwareupdate` command. e.g. `softwareupdate --list --include-config-data` will show available updates, `softwareupdate -ia --include-config-data` will install them, etc.


This has been in place since 10.6 Snow Leopard. It's part of their built-in anti-malware system (MRT + XProtect + Gatekeeper).

It's no different than a virus scanner auto-updating its signatures.


Except that if you auto-update disabled, you'd be somewhat surprised if the virus scanner could update it's signatures.

As one of the posters already mentioned, it can be easily disabled through the OSX GUI by changing the setting in Preferences -> Software Update -> Advanced -> Install system data files and security updates

Windows update does the same, no?

Windows Update leaves behind a lot of logs with KB entries, so I don't think they're trying to do anything secretly. If Microsoft changes your software, you know about it.

Nor is Apple. See other comments on this thread.

When I was at Microsoft, Windows' policy was only to kill applications like this with the explicit consent of the manufacturer (i.e. they were usually asking us to do it because they are unable to patch themselves, not the other way around), and only with a very specific version range.

Think of it as a malware scanner, like Windows Defender



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