macOS 10.15.4 Users Reporting Occasional System Crashes

According to some growing discussion threads on Reddit and Apple Support Communites, a lot of users who have recently updated to the latest macOS 10.15.4 are experiencing system crashes (via MacRumors). The issue appears to be happening for most users when they attempt to make large file transfers. 


The crashing issue, as per SoftRAID, is due to a bug the latest macOS update and that it is working with Apple engineers on a fix for macOS 10.15.5. So far, no workaround for the problem has been found for those who have already applied the software update.

SoftRAID noted that the issue extends to Apple-formatted disks:

There is a serious issue with 10.15.4.

It shows up in different scenarios, even on Apple disks but is more likely when there are lots of IO threads. We think it is a threading issue. So while SoftRAID volumes are hit the hardest (its now hard to copy more than 30GB of data at a time), all systems are impacted by this.

In our bug report to Apple, we used a method to reproduce the problem with ONLY Apple formatted disks. Takes longer to reproduce, but that is more likely to get a faster fix to the user base.

Apple has not yet issued any statement regarding the issue.