Linked by Adam S on Mon 11th Feb 2008 22:09 UTC, submitted by SK8T
Mac OS X Today, Apple has released the much anticipated Mac OS X 10.5.2. The hefty combo update weighs in at almost 350MB, but it can also be downloaded via Software Update. The updates includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, as well as imrpoved Back to My Mac support, new view for Dock based folders, and much more.
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RE[2]: Firewall still retarded...?
by gsquid on Tue 12th Feb 2008 06:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Firewall still retarded...?"
gsquid
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2008-02-12

Tiger uses ipfw and has a perfect (in my opinion) gui to manage it. Leopard uses something different. In my opinion, Leopard's firewall is a giant leap backward. I am not a fan of "application based" firewalls. However, if Apple wanted to add this behavior; they should not have removed the standard port-based behavior.

Also, every host needs a "block all incoming" function. Tiger had it, Leopard doesn't. Google "Leopard firewall" and you will find tests of the Leopard firewall which found it wanting.

It also is disappointing that software companies feel they can release unfinished products with impunity and patch them later. A skeptical person might have reason to believe Apple was attempting to boost 4th quarter income last year by pushing Leopard out the door before it was finished. Now those of us who purchased it must wait months for them to fix and finish.

Leopard taught me some valuable lessons about how Apple does business. No more "release day" purchases for me.

Edited 2008-02-12 06:54 UTC

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macUser Member since:
2006-12-15

What are you talking about? ipfw is part of Leopard, it just doesn't have a shiny interface in the System Preferences.

/sbin/ipfw

Here, straight from the horse's mouth (ie Apple): Earlier ipfw technology is still accessible from the command line (in Terminal) and the Application Firewall does not overrule rules set with ipfw; if ipfw blocks an incoming packet, the Application Firewall will not process it.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=306938

If you're perturbed because there is no shiny interface, what an excellent opportunity to learn about the command line. If you have vowed to never use a command line again in your life, get something like Flying Buttress to add a shiny interface back into your heart.

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