'Software Update' Question?

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  1. Achtung_U2 macrumors member

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    Hey....

    Do any of you know, for a fact...

    When you download updates to APPLE software programs thru promted Software Update reminders...

    Does Apple log any particulars on you? Such as... IP address, or registered info, etc...

    Thanks for any help or info. Peace, Mark ~
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    Probably not. :)

    Are you worried about something?
     
  3. tomf87 macrumors 65816

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    If you are worried, from terminal do (or use Ethereal):

    sudo tcpdump -i en0 -s 1500 -w dump.out

    Then perform software updates as needed. Then you can use tcpdump to see what transactions occurred and the data inside the packets.

    Hmmm, now that I think of it, I think I'll check out what's going on there.
     
  4. Achtung_U2 thread starter macrumors member

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    maybe a little :D
    This question came up the other day among some friends... none of us knew for certain, so... thought I'd check with you guys.
     
  5. Nik_Doof macrumors regular

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    From what i gather, the Software Update tool basiclly downloads a XML file, checks a few files and version tags, then reports back (to the user) if theres newer versions available, downloads are probably done over http.
     
  6. latergator116 macrumors 68000

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    Don't be worried, I doubt apple would do anything like that. I also have a lot of "questionable software" on my computer.;)
     
  7. tomf87 macrumors 65816

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    Here's the data from a GET over HTTP
     

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  8. tomf87 macrumors 65816

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    And here's what my PB sent via a POST over HTTP
     

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