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Adobe Flash 10 Installer launches Finder as root

by November 7, 2008 » Add more comments.

Several web sites have begun requiring Flash 10 to play their content. This is partially because the PC version of Flash 9 had some security problems that I won’t get into here. The good news: Adobe provides their Mac version as a package installer. The bad news:


Leopard – Keeping the Guest Account Disabled

by November 24, 2007 » Add the second comment.

Much has been said about the new Guest account in Leopard, and how it’s not as simple and secure as Apple makes it sound. The Lame LeopardTuttle SVC I think this is a good feature for what Apple probably intended, at home for friends and family members to “borrow” your Mac. But in a higher […]


Launchd Video – From the creator of launchd

by August 25, 2007 » Add the first comment.

One of the most misunderstood items in Tiger is launchd which basically replaces inetd, xinetd, cron and at. It’s enough to drive a Unix admin mad. This video is a presentation of launchd by its creator at Apple and he talks about the changes coming in Leopard.


Mac OS X 10.4.10 Unnessesarily replaces sshd_config

by July 10, 2007 » Add more comments.

It looks like Apple did a very unpleasant modification in the 10.4.10 update. They outright replaced the /etc/sshd_config for a tiny bit of “tidying up” of the GSSAPI section. Before 10.4.10: # GSSAPI options#GSSAPIStrictAcceptorCheck yes#GSSAPIKeyExchange yes # GSSAPI options#GSSAPIAuthentication yes#GSSAPICleanupCredentials yes After 10.4.10: # GSSAPI options#GSSAPIAuthentication yes#GSSAPICleanupCredentials yes#GSSAPIStrictAcceptorCheck yes#GSSAPIKeyExchange yes Now was it really necessary […]


John DeTroye’s Tips and Tricks doc updated

by July 3, 2007 » Add the first comment.

John DeTroye has updated his T&T doc which has always been a great best practices guide to client management. It covers subjects such as Open Directory, setting up accounts, managed client settings (MCX) and ARD. You can get the doc from here.