"Sentinel" UNIX Executable file created by iTunes- why?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by quantum003, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

    quantum003

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    Has anyone else noticed this friendly looking executable file in their iTunes library?

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    It appears to be created and recreated by iTunes, but it shares it's name with a nasty piece of spyware so I'm really not liking it being there.

    Anyone seen this guy or got any insight as to why iTunes would be creating it?
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Apparently it has some function related to the Genius features....
     
  3. quantum003 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    quantum003

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    I'll be darned... thanks for the link. Still, the presence of this file doesn't sit quite right with me. Why would it be setting off antivirus programs unless it somehow behaves like one? Also the purpose of the file is never explained but the thread gets locked up anyway... do I smell a conspiracy? ;)
     
  4. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 601

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    There is apparently a consensus that this is a placeholder for the hex name of the current database to keep people from synching with more than one database. It's odd that I foun dit, and can't see what's in it, but it could be a rather crude way to enforce iTunes 'law'...
     

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