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10.5.5 Firewall - blocking an app has no effect

Discussion in 'OS X' started by mustgroove, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

    I'm observing some interesting behaviour from the Leopard firewall... here's what my Firewall prefpane looks like:


    As you can see, I have explicitly blocked Firefox... yet I'm typing this post on Firefox 3.0.2 as we speak, and it is having no difficulty accessing the internet...

    Am I missing something? What could be going on? I'm running 10.5.5
  2. macrumors 65816

    doug in albq

    for whatever reason, and maybe I am wrong, but I have never had a lot of confidence in the 10.5 firewall. I think the 10.4 firewall worked better and was more effective.

    I would recommend downloading the free "Wateroof" firewall. It works very well, but is a bit tricky to set up.
  3. macrumors regular

    I don't really have the wherewithal to get into something as hardcore as waterroof, I'd just like the OS X firewall to work as it should...

    Does anyone know what's going on with it?
  4. macrumors 604


    I believe that "Block incoming connections" means that if a specific server on the www tried to access safari on your computer, the firewall will block it. It doesn't stop any program from accessing the outside though, which is why you don't see any effect.

    Try blocking apache and see if you can access it.
  5. macrumors regular

    How do I block Apache? Interestingly, if I set the firewall to "Allow only essential services", Firefox still has no trouble browsing the web
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    doug in albq

    ok, try noobproof, its the wateroof for noobs!
  7. macrumors regular

    Once again, I'd rather get the firewall working without third party addons...
  8. macrumors 65816

    doug in albq

    OK, good luck, I was trying to refrain from being less-than-nice about an aspect of os X, but the os X Leopard firewall SUCKS!, really it does.

    If you are really into protecting yourself, learn a little bit about those two programs. It is not that difficult.
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