Apple readies fix for Snow Leopard data wiping bug

Fear not, Snow Leopard users. A patch is on its way for that user-account data wiping bug we were talking about yesterday. At least, the folks at CNet News have gotten Apple to comment on the subject, and that's what the Mac maker suggests:

"We are aware of the issue, which occurs only in extremely rare cases, and we are working on a fix," an Apple representative said in a prepared statement Monday.

As we wrote yesterday, the problem can arise if someone logs into the "Guest" user account then logs back into his regular account. Doing so may cause the operating system to reset that user account and wipe all data in it, including documents and music.

CNet News comments that this bug, which users on the Apple support forums started complaining about in early September, is part of a string of problems with the new Mac OS X 10.6 release. Other issues have included Finder crashes, application incompatibilities, and dropping Wi-Fi connections.

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