After installing security update 10.6.8 I've seen dialog boxes asking me if I will permit certain root processes, e.g. configd, to receive unsolicited messages from the internet. What are the consequences of denying these requests?
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Jun 24, 2011 5:42 PM by
After installing security update 10.6.8 last night I've seen dialog boxes asking me if I will allow incoming network connections to certain root processes, e.g. configd. I didn't see these dialog boxes prior to installing 10.6.8. How do I make informed decisions? In other words,
(1) Where can I find 25-word summary descriptions of these processes?
(2) Where can I find discussions of the consequences of granting or denying these requests?
Alternatively (and at some risk of revealing metaphysical doubt) why am I being asked for these permissions? And who expects me to make correct decisions?
I have turned on th standard-issue OS X firewall and am running my system in stealth mode.