Firewall Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Spud Murphy, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. Spud Murphy macrumors newbie

    Spud Murphy

    Jul 24, 2006

    I have recently brought a black Macbook and have been very happy so far, howver, today I came across my first problem with my new machine.

    I went to activate the firewall in osx and get the error message:
    You cannot change the firewall settings because there was an error reading them from your system, If the problem persists, restart your computer and try again.

    Needless to say I have restarted multiple times, repaired permissions and have searched for someone with a similar problem, but found nothing.

    I am running 10.4.7 and have no other firewall or anitvirus software installed.

    If anyone has any clue what to do it would be very appreciated.
    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Spud Murphy
  2. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2005
    Ottawa, Canada
    It sounds like a missing configuration file of some sort. (eg. in /etc ). If a disk repair doesn't help (this can be done by booting while holding shift), my best suggestion is a re-install.
  3. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    The file you need is in the /etc directory and is called firewall.conf. It should have the following permissions set:-

    -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 688 Feb 24 11:12 firewall.conf

    You can get these in the Terminal by running the following command

    ls -l /etc/firewall.conf

    Anything other than -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel and you need to repair your permissions. If it's not there at all, grab it off your Tiger install disks.
  4. Spud Murphy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Spud Murphy

    Jul 24, 2006
    Thanks very much for your responses, I have reinstalled and the firewall problem as been fixed.

    Thanks again.

    Spud Murphy

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