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Kernel Panics are Oh So easy to Provoke — Remove an SD Card

If you’re not happy with only being able to crash a highly protected modern operating system in Photoshop, this one is for you.

It isn’t new to macOS Big Sur; it has happened regularly before. It happens fairly often to me, perhaps in 1 in 6 times:

  1. Unmount a volume for a camera card (SD card). It might have to be in a dock or external reader (not sure since the Mac Pro has no built-in SD card reader).
  2. Remove the card.

A crash of macOS follows.

Good work Apple! Now get to work on those new emoticons and stick one in the screen of death just to make things better.

panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff80185ee1e6): Kernel trap at 0xffffff7fba624c3a, type 14=page fault, registers:
CR0: 0x000000008001003b, CR2: 0x0000000000000070, CR3: 0x000000001cb2b000, CR4: 0x00000000003626e0
RAX: 0x0000000000000000, RBX: 0xffffff95b26ee830, RCX: 0x00000000e00002ca, RDX: 0x0000000000000000
RSP: 0xffffffa5979e3e50, RBP: 0xffffffa5979e3e50, RSI: 0x00000000e00002ca, RDI: 0x0000000000000000
R8:  0x0000000000000000, R9:  0x0000000000000013, R10: 0xffffff801ae8f4c8, R11: 0x0000000000000000
R12: 0x0000000000000000, R13: 0x0000000000000000, R14: 0xffffffa276ae5a18, R15: 0x00000000e00002ca
RFL: 0x0000000000010202, RIP: 0xffffff7fba624c3a, CS:  0x0000000000000008, SS:  0x0000000000000010
Fault CR2: 0x0000000000000070, Error code: 0x0000000000000002, Fault CPU: 0x0, PL: 0, VF: 1
Backtrace (CPU 0), Frame : Return Address
0xffffffa5979e3870 : 0xffffff80184bab4d 
0xffffffa5979e38c0 : 0xffffff80185fd7e3 
0xffffffa5979e3900 : 0xffffff80185ede1a 
0xffffffa5979e3950 : 0xffffff801845fa2f 
0xffffffa5979e3970 : 0xffffff80184ba3ed 
0xffffffa5979e3a90 : 0xffffff80184ba6d8 
0xffffffa5979e3b00 : 0xffffff8018cbef9a 
0xffffffa5979e3b70 : 0xffffff80185ee1e6 
0xffffffa5979e3cf0 : 0xffffff80185edecd 
0xffffffa5979e3d40 : 0xffffff801845fa2f 
0xffffffa5979e3d60 : 0xffffff7fba624c3a 
0xffffffa5979e3e50 : 0xffffff7fba63e44a 
0xffffffa5979e3e90 : 0xffffff801af428d3 
0xffffffa5979e3f20 : 0xffffff801ae811b7 
0xffffffa5979e3f80 : 0xffffff801ae8121f 
0xffffffa5979e3fa0 : 0xffffff801845f13e 
     Kernel Extensions in backtrace:[B5300908-BF34-3D47-8776-FB154A6DEE4C]@0xffffff801af3f000->0xffffff801af50fff[17662AB7-6B15-3342-9F23-AB161202B652]@0xffffff801ae7f000->0xffffff801ae8cfff
Process name corresponding to current thread: kernel_task
Mac OS version:
Kernel version:
Darwin Kernel Version 20.3.0: Thu Jan 21 00:07:06 PST 2021; root:xnu-7195.81.3~1/RELEASE_X86_64
Kernel UUID: C86236B2-4976-3542-80CA-74A6B8B4BA03
KernelCache slide: 0x0000000018200000
KernelCache base:  0xffffff8018400000
Kernel slide:      0x0000000018210000
Kernel text base:  0xffffff8018410000
__HIB  text base: 0xffffff8018300000
System model name: MacPro7,1 (Mac-27AD2F918AE68F61)
System shutdown begun: NO
Hibernation exit count: 0
System uptime in nanoseconds: 273152701564715
Last Sleep:           absolute           base_tsc          base_nano
 Uptime  : 0x0000f86e51bf0c25
 Sleep   : 0x0000f3d2b3b91111 0x000000017edbe6b2 0x0000f3c3216a0203
 Wake    : 0x0000f3d326eb859e 0x000000017efcaa8e 0x0000f3d30b18b1df
last started kext at 27312085758694: @filesystems.msdosfs

Arne K writes:

Just read your experience with the latest Apple core rot. To be honest, I'm glad I don't have to rely on the latest OSX on my workhorses. I always stay 2 versions behind and watch the "dernier cri" of Apple stupidity unfold on stage.

But what I see and hear from my customers and friends about failures and problems with the latest OSX since the glory days of Snow Leopard to this day leaves me sitting speechless and stunned. It seems to be a mixture of ignorance, arrogance, helplessness and kamikaze.

Although I am a German, I know what it means when something "goes down south". Well, so what do we expect from something that is even called "Big Sur" then ?!? ;-)

And about the pointless configuration bars: Let's remember the old saying of WW2 soldiers, when something is fucked up beyond all recognition: F.u.b.a.r. That's the new Fubar's! hey! 

Apple management is looking more and more to me as if the "Brain Bug" from Starship Troopers paid them a visit....

MPG: technology is now so advanced, that’s hard to imagine any elegant designs happening any more. Features (most of which go unused) result in more and more complexity, which results in more and more bugs. And so the steady drumbeat of weekly software updates, which fix half the bugs and replace them with another new crop.

Compare that to the just introduced Sony A1 digital camera. A technological tour de force, it’s a tool that works for a purpose incredibly well. And it never bothers me with updates or demands to login. And it never crashes.

As someone who has used technology all my life, more and more I am turned off by most technology—so much of it makes life more of a hassle, not a convenience.

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