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Bruce Mann Level 1 (15 points)

I have Little Snitch monitor for new connection requests. For the first time, something called "noticeboard" is trying to connect to swscan.apple.com. I assume (hope) this is legit since swscan.apple.com is used for upgrades. But I've never seen it before. I've searched high and low and cannot find what "noticeboard" is.  I assume it's some inner workings of the OS, but would love to know for sure. Thank you.


MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Rocco A Level 1 (0 points)

    Same Problem - same story.  I'm guessing it's just recently secretly installed (pushed) by Apple. I'm betting on the latest Itunes update - could be wrong.

     

    Blocked it  "until quit" with LS. Haven't seen enough about this yet to block it permanently or allow.. 

    Found this so far in console logs.

    3/14/14 Fri, Mar 14, 2014 2:30:25 AMsudo[9833]root : TTY=unknown ; PWD=/private/tmp/PKInstallSandbox.CSweoD/Scripts/com.apple.pkg.update.snowleopa rd.appstore.182-4.y5LHwk ; USER=Rocco A ; COMMAND=/bin/launchctl load -S Aqua /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.noticeboard.plist
    3/14/14 Fri, Mar 14, 2014 8:30:26 AMNoticeboard[10861]Noticeboard: Launched, starting NoticeboardUpdateOperation
    3/14/14 Fri, Mar 14, 2014 9:37:30 AMNoticeboard[10861]Noticeboard: NoticeboardUpdateOperation failed. Terminating.
    3/14/14 Fri, Mar 14, 2014 2:30:27 PMNoticeboard[11423]Noticeboard: Launched, starting NoticeboardUpdateOperation
    3/14/14 Fri, Mar 14, 2014 3:27:54 PMNoticeboard[11423]Noticeboard: NoticeboardUpdateOperation failed. Terminating.

     

    LS connection box

    17.146.232.12

    Established by/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CommerceKit.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Not iceboard.app/Contents/MacOS/Noticeboard
    UserRocco A

     

    No further information yet.  Choices if concerned:  remove the files above -- make backups first.   Block it permanetly with LS.  

  • Rocco A Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry for the triple post -- blaming the site interface and my system  Rocco A

  • Leon Klingele Level 1 (0 points)

    Looks like it came with the recent Mac App Store Update v1.0.

  • professortiki Level 1 (5 points)

    I kicked it out of the Library. Let's see what happens!

  • gpcollinz Level 1 (10 points)

    That's what I see as well.

     

    My system.log mentions /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.noticeboard.plist among the notes from the installation of Mac App Store Update v1.0.

     

    No previous mention of "noticeboard" in system.log.

     

    Since then, every 24(+/-3) hours I have:

    Noticeboard[7064]: Noticeboard: Launched, starting NoticeboardUpdateOperation

     

    It has connected on TCP port 443 (https) to

    swscan.apple.com

    swscan.apple.com.akadns.net

  • professortiki Level 1 (5 points)

    I removed the entire PrivateFrameworks folder in the system library, and it was desaster. Don't do it. It seems to contain basic Unix elements.

     

    So still no explanations for these pop-ups.

  • David Cun Level 4 (1,405 points)

    I'm getting the same popup...

     

    "Noticeboard"

    wants to connect to swscan.apple.com on TCP port 443 (https)

     

     

    I found this at download.cnet.com …

     

    "….Noticeboard is an enhanced Digital Signage software that supports multiple display in various combination of touch screens and normal LCD screens. Besides the normal support for video, graphic, images and text, it also comes with built-in animation and supports scheduling of third parties software like power-point, acrobat reader, YouTube videos…"

    I had no idea I had such a thing in my system.  I've been denying it; afraid to allow it.  Any ideas on whether allowing it is OK?

  • Bruce Mann Level 1 (15 points)

    I've been allowing it, but I have no idea what it is doing.  My original concern was that it was a legitimate piece of Apple-installed software. From the comments in this thread, it does appear to at least be legitimate and not some type of malware.  Whether it is spying on me for Apple, or sending my information to the NSA - that I can't say. But I've been allowing it and I have not run into any system glitches so far.

  • gpcollinz Level 1 (10 points)

    David Cun wrote:

     

    I found this at download.cnet.com …

     

    "….Noticeboard is an enhanced Digital Signage software that supports multiple display in various combination of touch screens and normal LCD screens. Besides the normal support for video, graphic, images and text, it also comes with built-in animation and supports scheduling of third parties software like power-point, acrobat reader, YouTube videos…"

    I had no idea I had such a thing in my system.  I've been denying it; afraid to allow it.  Any ideas on whether allowing it is OK?

     

    No, that's a completely different piece of software (for Windows, not the Mac OS) that just happens to have the same name.

  • professortiki Level 1 (5 points)

    Some in another forum suggest it came as a recent update either with a system upgrade or a Mac App Store upgrade. The latter could be in my case. I still wonder what it does really. It seems to try to connect every 6 hours. When my computer trys to connect to the internet, i want to know.

  • seventy one Level 6 (13,190 points)

    If you downloaded Little Snitch from the Softonic site you are asking for trouble.   Check back.   If that was your source, delete it, pronto.  Softonic means trouble.

  • David Cun Level 4 (1,405 points)

    I got Little Snitch from Macupdate; one of those bundle things.  At any rate, it's doing its job, reporting that"Noticeboard" is trying to connect; whatever "Noticeboard" is.

  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,835 points)

    If you are only running the demo, get rid of it and get it directly from the developer http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html

     

    If you purchased it and have a license key for it, uninstall it and then reinstall it from obdev, using the license key.

     

    Almost none of these download/update sites can be trusted not to bundle in adware now. Softonic--not where you got it, but just as a FYI--is one of the worst.

     

    I also wouldn't trust any of the other items you got not to contain adware.

     

    But uninstalling these won't remove any adware, if you got any.

     

    http://www.thesafemac.com/arg/

  • shape Level 1 (5 points)

    well, the Noticeboard.app is definitely from Apple.  the file in the get info window or QuickView (pressing spacebar on selected file) says:  Copyright © 2014 Apple Inc. All rights reserved | Version 1.0.

     

    I just did an Apple software update before rebooting and then got this notice for the first time as well after reboot.  it has nothing to do with Little Snitch (or Adware) as i haven't updated that in months.

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