[geeks] Apple applications phoning home
shannon at widomaker.com
Fri Oct 19 10:37:16 CDT 2007
On Oct 19, 2007, at 4:32 AM, Mark wrote:
> On 19 Oct 2007, at 05:05, Shannon Hendrix wrote:
>> I just noticed that every time I go to preferences in "Address Book"
>> on MacOS Tiger, it tries to connect to port 80 at
>> I blocked its request since I see no reason for it to do that, but if
>> you block its outgoing connection, you cannot use the preferences
>> What kind of idiotic crap is that?
>> Does anyone know why it does this?
>> More importantly, does anyone know how I can stop it and still use
>> the program?
>> Aside: it isn't just Address Book. Apple's apps seem to be
>> contacting Apple all the time.
>> Anyone else see this on their Mac systems?
> Mine doesn't throw na alert when I run it (I use 'Little Snitch -
> great tool if you have port paranoia) so I'd suspect it's the dotmac
> sync client (which I have unblocked on port 80 and 443). Quite a few
> of Apple's apps phone home to check for software updates, dotmac
> details, and the like. I have no reason to believe any of it is
> unnecessary. A ping and whois of the IP there confirms the address
> belongs to Apple Inc. so it's not 'malicious'.
Malicious or not isn't the point.
The application won't let me set preferences without contacting Apple.
It has no need to contact a remote host to change *PREFERENCES* for
I'm talking about things like setting the font, and it needs to phone
home for that?
It's just dumb, and its reaction to being blocked--failing to work--
is a serious design flaw.
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