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Odds and Ends: Desktop permissions and Panther; TechTool Pro update coming

Odds and Ends: Desktop permissions and Panther; TechTool Pro update coming

Desktop permissions and Panther Jon Showstack notes a potential security lapse that appears to be standard behavior in Mac OS X 10.3.x, which is easily remedied:

"Panther appears to set privileges incorrectly on the first-created user's Desktop folder. I discovered this when, much to my surprise, a secondary user on my Mac was able to see and open files from my (primary/administrative) user's Desktop folder.

"For some reason, and apparently by default, privileges for 'Group' and for 'Others' for the first user's Desktop folder are set to 'Read Only.' This allows someone logged into another account to access documents in the Desktop folder of the primary account. Preferably, these privileges should be set to 'No Access.' Interestingly, the privileges for the Desktop folders on secondary accounts are set properly to 'No Access.' [...] The fix is simple - select the Desktop folder and change the privileges to No Access.

TechTool Pro update coming A MacFixIt reader writes "According to Micromat tech support, there is an issue with TechTool Pro 4.0.1 diagnostic alerts sometimes giving false alarms of various volume directory problems. An update fix is expected by end of month March 2004."

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