sensitive info in ds_store file?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by NoBob, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. NoBob macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I was wondering if there's any sensitive info in DS-Store files? Is my name in the files, for example? Or what computer I'm on?

    Thanks,

    NoBob.
     
  2. NoBob thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. So is that a 'no' then regarding sensitive info, like my name, in the ds_store file? I understand that some system info was present in theses files pre 10.1, but now? Is it possible to view what's contained in a ds_store file now?
     
  3. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Only 10.1 is not affected, according to the advisory. It doesn't have your name and personal info, but it does give a lot of system information.
     
  4. NoBob thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi,

    You mean 10.1 is affected, rather than "not affected"?
     
  5. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    No.

    look at what they list as being "vulnerable" and "not vulnerable"
     
  6. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    You can open them in TextEdit, some stuff is scrambled bt you'll get the idea of what is contained in it.
     
  7. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Just use a hex editor. You'll get everything.
     
  8. Halcyon macrumors 6502

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    Besides the fact if this files carry sensitive info or not...Can you delete them (trash them)?
     
  9. Taylor C macrumors 6502a

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    As far as I know, the .DS_Store files are used by the Finder. Even if you deleted them, they'd probably just be replaced.
     
  10. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    yup. just rm 'em.

    and that's what sucks about it.
     
  11. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    When the DS_Store file is supposed to just be information on the view settings of the directory/etc, there usually shouldn't be a reason to delete them. Granted, Windows doesn't understand hidden files in the same way that OS X and Linux does, and apparently that drives people nuts thinking that Apple did the wrong thing. :/
     
  12. Fairly macrumors regular

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    Why don't you look? :D
     
  13. Fairly macrumors regular

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    Not ideal. Look up /usr/bin/hexdump.
     
  14. Fairly macrumors regular

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    Depends who you are and what you use. Apple has admitted it's a bug. And for the record they used to have sensitive information in them. Now they don't again but you never know when they will again. The thing is people didn't see them and by mistake uploaded them to their web sites and then they got hacked. "FTFF!"
     
  15. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Didn't know about that, just suggested textedit because it is something everyone knows about, but i do agree it is not ideal.

    Also use the multi quote button [​IMG] for quoting lots of posts in a thread.
     

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