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jimbo60640 Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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Nov 10, 2010 8:45 PM
Hi Kids -

I'm a tad miffed: I just updated OS to 10.6.5 and now when I boot I'm asked if I want to allow hello.connectivity.me.com to connect. Booting seems to stall until I say "yes/once". Then another requester pops up asking for permission only this time hello.connectivity.me.com is appended .akadns.net. This seems to be related to akamai.

Does anybody have any idea what this is??? I also ran a delocalizer after OS update (which might be interfering with the firewall?). Worrisome.......
27" iMac i7 QuadCore, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 20" iMac G5, iMac G3, (2) Amigas, Video Toaster and an old yoyo.
  • Meherally Level 4 Level 4 (1,115 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 9:41 PM (in response to jimbo60640)
    Hi Jimbo,

    Do you have some type of utility like little snitch installed?
    MB Pro 2.4GHz early '09, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhour, 2xMacmini, w/FW 1TB HD, 23" ACD, MigliaTVMax,MB 13", 1TB TC, AEB, PBG4.
  • djzapp Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2010 10:06 PM (in response to jimbo60640)
    Same issue here, Just updated to 10.6.5 With little snitch installed.
    Can anyone chime in about this?

    Mike
    Xeon Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 64 GB iPad, 80 GB iPod Classic, 3GS, iPhone 4, iMac, Apple TV, 13-In MacBook Pro
  • Meherally Level 4 Level 4 (1,115 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 10:11 PM (in response to jimbo60640)
    Little snitch will always warn you when your computer tries to connect to a site. You need to approve it to warn you every time or not. So these warnings are little snitch specific nothing to do with the OS. You might find help here http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html
    MB Pro 2.4GHz early '09, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhour, 2xMacmini, w/FW 1TB HD, 23" ACD, MigliaTVMax,MB 13", 1TB TC, AEB, PBG4.
  • jeremyzimmermann Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2010 10:33 PM (in response to jimbo60640)
    I saw this too. It sounds like me features will be announced this week.
    MacBook Pro 15" (Mid-'09)
  • Dave Joyce Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2010 11:03 PM (in response to jimbo60640)
    after a simple "strings /usr/sbin/awacds" and some reading, I've found that "AWACSD" is what is now creating the VPN connection for Back To My Mac.

    For those that don't want it, simply disable Back to my Mac.
    Core i7 iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • illitrate23 Calculating status...
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    Nov 10, 2010 11:21 PM (in response to jimbo60640)
    what's so worrisome? as you say, akadns.net is one of Akamai's domains, so that can be ignored.
    me.com belongs to Apple and because we've all now suddenly seen this and the only common denominator amongst is the 10.6.5 upgrade, it has to have come from Apple. It's incredibly unlikely that they've packaged a trojan in their upgrade (and if they had, I'd expect Sophos AV to have picked it up at the same time that LittleSnitch did)
    So it's probably just preparation for some MobileMe functionality, or for when the Mac App Store arrives, this way the OS will check for updates as it boots.

    LittleSnitch reports everything to you, it's not able to tell the difference between good connections and bad ones.
  • rob-via-mac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 13, 2010 1:36 AM (in response to jimbo60640)
    yeah me too.
    I also have Little Snitch running and get the same warning
    I like to know what is happening on my Mac and which application is 'phoning' home for example.

    With LS running you are amazed how many apps are doing this, mostly checking for updates, which behaviour you can control in most of the times by setting a parameter.

    It's true, when you have MobileMe running there is some traffic, also in case of syncing
  • Gary Westfall Calculating status...
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    Nov 13, 2010 12:39 PM (in response to jimbo60640)
    I seemed to be having a serious problem with my MacBook Air (a couple of years old). It was not responsive and had trouble connecting to the internet wirelessly. I found that the awacsd process was consuming 100% of CPU time. I realized that I am behind a strict firewall. After reading several posts in this thread (using my iPad), I also realized that Back to My Mac was turned on. So it seems that BTMM was banging against the firewall unsuccessfully and continuously. I was not able to get the System Preferences to run. I finally was able to turn off Airport, and my MacBook Air recovered. I turned off Back to My Mac, turned Airport back on, and all was well. So I guess the moral is, "Beware" of BTMM behind a firewall. Thanks to everyone in this thread for your insight.
  • Don MacQueen1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,470 points)
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    Nov 17, 2010 6:45 PM (in response to Dave Joyce)
    It's true that BTMM is mentioned in the output from strings command. However, I am getting the same notification from Little Snitch, but BTMM is turned off. What this means I don't know.
    Mac OS X (10.6.5)
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