Software update didn't ask for admin password

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ventmore, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. ventmore macrumors 6502

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    I ran software update to get iTunes 9.2, and the 10.6.4 update. I clicked to install both updates which it did after asking for confirmation, but it didn't ask me for my admin password. Do some updates not require a password?

    Cheers
    Ventmore
     
  2. mac2x macrumors 65816

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    You aren't running as root are you? (bad idea if you are, BTW)
     
  3. ventmore thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No......I do run as admin though :)
     
  4. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502

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    I'm running as a Standard User. Everytime I go the run Software Updates, it now ask me for admin password before even checking. I don't remember it always doing that. Am I just not remembering correctly?
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Did it ask for password before it searched for updates? That's when it asks me for mine.
     
  6. frozencarbonite macrumors 6502

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    Yes, it asked me before it searched for updates. I just don't remember that on Leopard. Maybe it's a Snow Leopard feature.
     
  7. ventmore thread starter macrumors 6502

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  8. 2nd4ever macrumors newbie

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    Likewise.

    Thought I was nuts as installation immediately took off without a password prompt. Figured it was a short-term memory thing until I saw this.
     
  9. ventmore thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for replying mate...at least I know it wasn't just me.

    I know what you mean......I doubted myself a little too......like maybe I'd just tapped my password in without thinking :)
     
  10. thewretched macrumors newbie

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    maybe it no longer asks for the password because the updates/installers are digitally signed by Apple (noticed that 'signed-icon' in the installer's window title bar when I installed the recent updates)
     
  11. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    That seems to be the case since other software still asks for passwords to install things. Glad I found this thread via mroogle; I was concerned when I noticed it didn't ask for password for software update.
     
  12. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    If you are a standard user than it asks you before searching for the updates and at the install.

    Admins usually only get prompted at the install although not everytime... one pattern i did notice was that updates that require restarts usually prompt with password.
     

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