The report comes out of Macworld via Network World, and describes situations in which users upgrading to Mac OS X 10.5.8 have faced problems fixing permissions on their start-up drive using Disk Utility.
There’s a rich stream of user comments on this over across at Apple’s very own Discussions forums.
Ted Landau has described a fix for afflicted users, which also includes news of a little-known Knowledge Base article detailing permission error messages you can happily ignore.
Otherwise the recommended repair is to download the Mac OS X 10.5.8 Combo Update and reinstall the update twice–without selecting to repair permissions in between.
Landau also found that upgrading to Snow Leopard seems to address the permissions problems he was facing.