OS X :: FileVault And Home Directories - Unencrypted Info In Cache?
Nov 30, 2009
Just a quick question about FileVault. We all know about Firefox and Safari's caches. Are they stored in the users home directory? If a laptop is stolen and the home directory is encrypted, I want to make sure somebody can't look in the cache and get whatever information is sitting there unencrypted. When a user shuts down and FV is enabled, what (if anything) is not encrypted for that user?
I was using until recently a PowerPC running Mac OS X 10.4.11. Since I maintain my directories synchronized all the time between Linux running on another machine and this PowerPC, I created a link: /home -> /Users so that all my scrpits and links (like /home/....) would work properly under both systems. I acquired recently an iMac running under Mac OS 10.5.3 and discovered that there exists already a directory called "/home" which has a rather strange behaviour: not even the user 'root' is allowed to write into it or to modify it in any way, orv to remove it! This breaks many of my scripts.
Of course I can go the opposite way and create under my Linux a link: /Users->/home, but some of my scripts create automatically links like "/home/..." because they expand "~/..." and these would give me troubles on the iMac. I wrote a script which goes through my directory and changes all my links, but it does not seem to be the right way.
I have a macpro setup with two partitions.Originally one partition assigned to Snow Leopard.I log in using a network user (using OSX server) and that user has local Admin rights.I setup a new instance of Snow Leopard on the secondary Partition and logged in using the network user.This had the effect of using the partition 1 Home directory for this user and I can't get the secondary partition to use itself for storing the users home directory.The workaround I have is to log in to Partition 2 snow leopard with a local admin user then temporarily rename the Users folder on partition 1. Next login to partition 2 as the network user, then everything gets created on partition 2 as expected.Finally rename the Partition 1 Users folder back.Now I can log in to either partitoin with the same user and have different local home setups.†
Anyone else had this or is there a better procedure for setting up multiple partitions? The same happens with LION. I need to keep a snowleoapard partition with all the setup I currently have, but start a new LION partition.I don't want any cross contamination, hence the requirement for separation.
As a non-UNIX-geek, and someone unfamiliar with the internals of OS X in general, I'd like to ask ya'll where sensitive data might be stored outside of the Home directory. As you may know, FileVault only encrypts the Home directory, and stores the password as a hash of the account password and the "master" reset password.
So, what sensitive stuff is outside of the Home Directory? Any system logs with potentially damaging info? Any badly written applications (i.e. MS Office 2004) that might keep sensitive data within the Application directory? Any stuff inside of the Library or System folders?
i thought my filevault sparsebundle was my timemachine backups, and it was taking up 125gb of space.. so i deleted it, now when i try to log on it says "error opening this users filevault" and so i started it in command line and now i tried to run it in single user mode, but it won't let me type any letters when it is installing and it just wont work.
I need to populate the bays of my new MacPro 2.66 with 5GB RAM. The stock HD turns out to be a Seagate 250GB HD ST3250820A. I've found them online and wonder if I just should RAID three or four of them as opposed to one Seagate 500GBs or 750 with 32GB cache? These would all be a Raid run by Apple software not a RAID card.
Which one of these 500gb drives is better? I've been browsing Newegg for two hours now reading reviews. The Seagate drives seem to come with bad firmware that causes performance and cache recognition issues. The Samsung drives have a high failure rate. Whats the real deal? Has anyone here had any bad experiences with either drives?
I'm running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 on a MacBook3,1 (Late 2007). I'm currently having issues with the Finder. Current symptoms are:
1. When I click a directory in the Dock to open it in the Finder, I get an error that reads "You can't open the application Finder because it may be damaged or incomplete."
2. I've tried repairing permissions (from the OS and from the Install Disc), but the Disk Utility doesn't make any repairs even though it tells me it has made the repairs, because the exact same errors come up the next time I try to repair the permissions.
3. I also verified the disk, and it said I had to start from boot from another volume and repair the disk, so I booted from the install DVD and did so.....................
I just started a new job and they have me working on mac since I have some basic experience. Anyways I'm working with files within an app and trying to use terminal to access some of those files.
The issue comes up when I try to change the directory in terminal to the app /user/applications/app.app/folder). I can get into the user directory or the app directory but it won't let me into the app. I have never really used terminal before so I don't know what I should be expecting here.
This time I have a ntfs permission issue. I have a external ntfs HD with data on it. I can access most of the files correctly but some directories are marked with a little lock visible in Finder (see screenshot). I can open the files om the disk but when I try to cope then it says "Cannot copy file - unable to create file at the destination"
If I had a look at the permissions, they look fine:
Code: drwxr-xr-x 1 me staff 4096 Sep 11 08:36 Movies drwxr-xr-x 1 me staff 8192 Aug 9 13:12 Photo The "destination" is my home dir but I also tried /tmp. And the user "me" is .. me
Why does Spotlight not search your system directories/files when performing a search? Does it only search within the current user's directories? Is there anyway you can make it do a more thorough search?
I absolutely hate that Steve Jobs insists on mixing directories with bookmarks in Safari and directories with files in Finder. While I've found a solution for the Finder, that is, Path Finder, I'm still struggling to find a plugin for Safari which cleans up this mess and lists directories first.
I am having difficulty binding clients to multiple open directory servers. All clients are running Lion. This issue did not occur under Snow Leopard. The servers are both Mac OS X Servers running Open Directory. There are two domains to which the client is successfully bound (DomainA and DomainB). If a user attempts to login using credentials from DomainB, they log in successfully but home folders are "not in the expected location" - so no data is present. If I unbind the client from DomainA and then attempt to login using credentials from DomainB, the issue is resolved. Is there a way to set a priority for how the client binds?¬†
how does one remove an added "application" directory?¬† Not just delete it, but prevent the OS from always looking there, even when it's gone ?¬†On Yosemite, I tried to be "clever" (hint: I wasn't ¬† and move a few silly apps to a big external USB disk.¬† The idea was I have 1TB internal, 3TB external, and I thought to separate out some apps onto an remote disk so I can disconnect that (thus the hammer version of "now others can't run this app").¬†¬† And just copying these files to /Volume/Data (the external USB3 drive) functions fine.¬†
Mechanically, this disk shuts itself off, and it takes a good 10 seconds to wind up.¬† So whenever I search for an app or start an app *on the main disk*, it seems one ends up searching all "app directories" anyway (I put that in quotes because I presume that's why the disk is spinning up when I run an app that has nothing to do with my external disk).¬†
So I decided it was silly to have those apps on the external disk because of the spinup time, experiment failed, I uninstalled the apps.¬†¬† BUT the disk still seems to need to spin up before starting a new app up even though the app directory on the external disk is gone.¬†Being primarily a linux hacker before I bought this Mac , I would say "you have /Volume/Data in your PATH".¬†¬† Which is probably the case at some level.¬† But I'm not finding anything to this effect in the system preferences..¬†
I want to use an online back up service (in addition to using time machine on an external drive).¬† I am only interested in backing up my pictures, songs, and emails.¬† I am not sure which files and or directories to choose (FWIW I am planning on using Mozy).¬† I am on OSX 10.9.4, iTunes 11.3.1, mail 7.3,¬† and IPhoto 9.5.1.¬† I haven't altered any of the default program setting as far as where they normally save files.¬†
I have a mid 2010 mac mini, still under Applecare. I have been dealing with Apple support for 7 months now and cannot get a resolution to the problem other then their telling me it is software, not hardware.¬†I consistently get errors indicating the AppleHDADriver crashes and goes to an error handler. This happens 100's of times a second. Along with this error I get an error stating the kernel is unable to find a directory. Both these errors show up in the console log under 'kernel errors' and happen daily. ¬†
The result of the problem seems to be the status bar/system clock freezes and doesn't update. The clock freeze occurs mainly when coming out of sleep, but has also happened durning full operation of the machine. ¬†
It seems no matter what software I install, or what vendor it is from or even what the software is used for, something crashes, the system slows down and freezes... It was two days ago the system started with an unresponsive mouse.¬†
Any ideas he would be great... I am tired of trying to get the Apple 'senior advisor' to truly talk solutions. I lost 100's of hours when this problem first occurred as it started with Snow Leopard. When doing a clean install of Lion as directed by Apple support it was discovered the old time machine files were corrupt and couldn't be used to restore... ¬†
Those errors in the kernel have been there from the beginning... Across Snow Leopard, Snow Leopard clean install, Lion upgrade, Lion clean install and still those kernel errors are there consistent. This should indicate a hardware problem someplace and not software...
It shows an example of excluding /system and /applications In the online documentation for time machine. I am also running Parallels, but am not using it much at the moment. Perhaps I should exclude Parallels, also
M friend migrating from an old MacBook (with Snow Leopard) to a new one (with Mavericks). The old MacBook is connected to the new one with a firewire cable and is in Target Mode. We can see the disk and folders fine on the old MacBook, but when we try to use Migration Assistant it crashes while computing the size of the user accounts on the old mac (i.e. before we can even start migration). Disk Utility says there's nothing wrong with the old mac's disk.¬†
I checked the crash reports from migration assistant on the new mac, and it turns out that it crashes in the same way every time, and the backtrace looks like the following. My guess is that there might be a file with a strange/wrong name somewhere on that old mac.¬†
I have been using a 1GB pen drive to transfer data from my Mac to a PC. However, I am finding that strange directories are being created on the drive and it is causing the drive to get filled up.Also, when I go into the USB drive through Finder it shows as being empty. a 'du' returns this