A Buggy Google Chrome Update Spectacularly Crashed Apple Macs, Here's Why
What do Hollywood, Apple users, and Google Chrome share in common? A wave of unbootable MacBooks and Mac Pros. A Google Keystone update was able to damage certain Mac files and shut the affected devices down unexpectedly.
This past week, several Hollywood film editors reported that their Mac devices were unable to reboot. Affected Apple users included the video editing team of ABC’s Modern Family. Many of these film editors use Avid Media Composer software and initially believed that a software bug or virus was to blame. Google later confessed that a Chrome update was the real culprit.
Google Keystone Bug
Google Keystone version 18.104.22.168 includes a flaw that is able to damage certain files, specifically the /var folder. According to Google, “This results in system instability that may include failure to launch new UI applications, failure to resolve hostnames in most already-running programs, and failure to reboot successfully.”
If you have not disabled SIP, then you will not experience any issues. SIP was able to prevent the bug from making any harmful changes. However, if you have disabled it, you will most likely be unable to reboot your device.