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MacBytes
Nov 4, 2007, 09:10 PM
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Link: Leopard's firewall a 'mess,' breaks Skype, says researcher (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20071104221037)
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celloman
Nov 5, 2007, 01:08 AM
im not surprised

kresh
Nov 5, 2007, 01:24 AM
Gotta love the tripe from the self-serving talking heads who have a vested interest in keeping people on the Windows platform.

Oh yeah, Skype works great under Leopard on my G4 Mac Mini. I love Leopard's firewall with application specific blocking, it replaces my use of Little Snitch.

123
Nov 5, 2007, 02:10 AM
What an idiot.


'Block all...' does seem to block actual connections," said Mogull, "

Except that it doesn't block everything.

And unless users turn on stealth, some services Bonjour, Apple's network device locating technology, is one are seen as open by scans, no matter what firewall setting is selected.
Hmm, why might that be? Because, they ARE open.

Bonjour is always accessible, unless you're in stealth mode."
Wrong. It is always accessible, even in stealth mode.

I am expecting a bit more "after spending two days digging into the new firewall's capabilities".

PCMacUser
Nov 5, 2007, 03:04 AM
Gotta love the tripe from the self-serving talking heads who have a vested interest in keeping people on the Windows platform.

Oh yeah, Skype works great under Leopard on my G4 Mac Mini. I love Leopard's firewall with application specific blocking, it replaces my use of Little Snitch.
What do you suppose his vested interest is? And don't give me the 'he's on Microsoft's payroll' line... :rolleyes: In fact, he even says he doesn't use Windows...

Chinashaw
Nov 5, 2007, 06:26 AM
Got to say that since installing Leopard, Skype has stopped working. Correction, each time I click on the icon to launch it, it bounces around then does nothing.

I get to reinstall Skype each time I want to use it. This on a brand new Mac Powerbook. Somewhat annoying to say the least, nor am I particularly pleased to see all the security problems that appear to be coming out into the open. Not saying that they won't be fixed but some of them appear to be elementary ones made before by Msoft and Apple in their infinite wisdom ignored the learning from that.

xUKHCx
Nov 5, 2007, 06:28 AM
Gotta love the tripe from the self-serving talking heads who have a vested interest in keeping people on the Windows platform.

Oh yeah, Skype works great under Leopard on my G4 Mac Mini. I love Leopard's firewall with application specific blocking, it replaces my use of Little Snitch.

Leopards firewall only does half the job of little snitch. Keep LS.

Analog Kid
Nov 5, 2007, 02:56 PM
Much more balanced that earlier reviews of the firewall. I still wish someone would explain, in depth, how the dang thing works. Digital signing is a clue.

Skype breaks because it changes its application bundle. That's Skypes mistake. If Apple really is guarding against that, then that's good for Apple. If you allow an app to accept connections, and then that app changes without you knowing it, Apple should prevent it from talking to the outside world. Skype should be using /Library/Application Support like a good little app...

I suppose Apple could throw up a dialog saying "Skype has changed since you approved connections. This could be a sign of nefarious goings on. Do you wish to re-approve Skype?".