Mac OS X: About the Mac OS X 10.3.2 Update

This software updates Mac OS X version 10.3 or 10.3.1 to version 10.3.2.
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Important: Read Before Installing

  1. You may experience unexpected results if you have installed third-party system software modifications, or if you have modified the operating system through other means. This precautionary statement does not apply to the normal installation of application software.

  2. To update to Mac OS X 10.3.2, you must enter the password for an administrator account. The password cannot contain a space or special characters typed by pressing the Option key. You can change the password in Accounts preferences if you need to.

  3. The installation process should not be interrupted. Monitor progress by clicking the Detailed Progress disclosure triangle. If a power outage or other interruption occurs during installation, use the standalone installer (see below) from Apple Featured Software to install.


There are two ways to update to Mac OS X 10.3.2: Software Update and Standalone Installer.

Software Update Installation

You may have been referred to this document by Software Update. For more information on this feature, see technical document 106704, "Mac OS X: How to Update Your Software".

Because some updates are prerequisites for others, you may need to use Software Update more than once to get all available updates.

Standalone Installer

An installer is also available from Apple Featured Software (

Mac OS X 10.3.2 Update updates Mac OS X 10.3 or 10.3.1 to the later version. This document describes how to use this installer.


These are some of the enhancements that are part of Mac OS X 10.3.2 Update:

Address Book and Mail enhancements

  • Mail moves messages marked as junk to the Junk mailbox more reliably.

  • In Address Book, you can now configure Exchange synchronization with either a hostname or full server URL, including a (https://) URL to automatically use SSL.

  • Improves syncing between Address Book and Microsoft Exchange.

  • You can now move an email to a different mailbox if you use an email server that previously didn't allow this.

  • Improves results when using Mail with a .Mac or IMAP account and an SSL connection.

  • Improves text sizing when printing from Mail.

Networking enhancements

  • Improves results when looking for SMB-based servers in the Network view.

  • Resolves an issue in which the Mac OS X firewall could no longer be available if you performed an upgrade installation of Mac OS X Panther.

  • Allows automatic configuration of proxy servers using Proxy Auto Configuration (.pac) files.

  • Resolves an issue that could prevent the computer from getting a DHCP lease after certain kernel extensions were unloaded and reloaded.

  • Improves DNS for Mac OS 10.2 clients that use a shared Internet connection from a Mac OS X Panther computer.

  • Resolves an issue that could prevent you from getting or maintaining an IP address via DHCP under certain conditions.

  • Addresses an issue in which the L2TP VPN could not connect with leftover

Print and fax enhancements

  • The size of printouts from certain applications, including Safari, has been fixed.

  • Addresses an issue in which a "No pages were selected to be printed in this document" alert appears when printing from Mail, Safari, iPhoto, or Preview, and then the application unexpectedly quits.

  • Improves compatibility for Microsoft Virtual PC 6.1's emulated printing features.

  • You can now save faxes in a folder whose name includes 2-byte characters.

  • Addresses an issue with some USB PostScript printers, including the HP LaserJet 2300, Lexmark E310, and GCC Elite 21, in which a "Printer not responding" message appears when you add the printer in Printer Setup Utility, or when you try to print.

  • Improves compatibility for Brother HL 1240 printers when used on an AirPort network with Rendezvous; an alert message with "-9672" could appear when adding the printer.

  • Addresses an issue in which an application could unexpectedly quit when sending a fax to several recipients.

  • Improves compatibility for some Lexmark printers when they print an A4-sized page.

  • Improves reliability of Mac OS X Panther's fax email delivery feature.

Finder and other enhancements

  • Addresses issues that could keep a disk image from appearing in the Finder when you open its file.

  • You can now eject a FireWire-based volume from the Finder without entering an administrator password.

  • Improves security of background applications when Screen Saver is on, and when entering a Screen Saver password.

  • The Repair Permissions utility no longer reports a permissions issue with the printer.conf file.

  • Character Palette no longer appears when you log in or after the computer wakes from sleep.

  • iTunes will keep importing songs from an audio CD if you switch to another account.

  • FileVault no longer prompts to recover unused disk space each time you log out; it will now ask only when needed.

  • A Font Book collection's name, if it included a slash, or solidus, character ("/"), could cause issues; you can no longer use a slash in a Font Book collection's name.

  • Addresses an issue in which a PowerBook G4 computer may stop responding when a Classic application's window is moved.

  • The consonant of the first character for certain words entered using the Simplified Chinese ABC input method is no longer ignored.

  • Improves compatibility for CH Products' joysticks and flight yokes.

  • Improves compatibility for MagTek credit card readers.

  • Improves reliability of third-party FireWire audio hardware devices.

  • More reliably recognizes some FireWire devices, including the iSight camera.

  • Addresses an issue with iChat AV (Italian) in which you couldn't join a chat room that you were invited to.

Published Date: Oct 11, 2016