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Paranoid Android can protect you from this potential vulnerability until Apple makes an official fix available. It does this by watching the URL schemes that are requested and delaying them until you've had a chance to say whether you'd like to proceed or not. If you know that the url that's being loaded is legit, go ahead, but if it looks suspicious, Paranoid Android gives you an opportunity to cancel it.

A vulnerability in Apple's Mac OS X results in a potential situation in which a malicious person could execute arbitrary commands on your machine, such as deleting your home directory, or doing other harmful actions. This more...

What's New

Paranoid Android can now notify you when a file is launched with a custom application (one other than the default one for the document's file type). This does not affect opening documents from within applications.Updated to mitigate the recent Safari/LaunchServices exploit

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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Anonymous
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At least Paranoid Android has one of the most accurate titles I've seen. You see, it is an android - a robot. Unintelligent. When I doubleclick on a download from Safari, it asks me if I want to allow it EVERY DAMN TIME. The same file type, the same program, the same operation.

And it is definitely paranoid, as in unnecessary, since there are no exploits as yet that PA would help against.

Frankly, this is one of the most annoying, intrusive programs I've ever installed, and while it has its place, it's certainly not on *my* Mac.

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Version 1.2
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Anonymous
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The with Paranoid Android installed Application Enhancer crashed my system totally. After removing that Preference Pane everything is normal again...
Something is wrong with die APE...

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Version 1.2
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Anonymous
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no, something was wrong with your Mac before you installed this Paranoid Android.

fix your permissions, delete caches, etc... use Apple's Disk Utility to fix permissions, use OnyX to delete user caches, etc.

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Anonymous
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Yeah! What's up with all that FUD?

Anyway, should anyone want some serious reading about APE and why it is safe, go check

http://www.unsanity.org/archives/000342.php

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Anonymous
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I can't understand where the data from the previous poster that says between 30 and 35 % of all crashes reported to Appel through "Crash Report" are due to Unsanity's haxies, comes from. I would love to see some link.

Anyway. I find this one fix to be great. It is certainly easier than RCdefault or Moreinternet, as here you don't have to configure even the slightest thing. You just install and forget, because those exploits wont be a problema anymore.

Also, I have many of their haxies and must say that none of them has given me any problem. Everybody should read the APE module readme, where it explains that it cannot bring down the whole system because "Application Enhancer operates in user memory space, which means it cannot affect the system itself or processes belonging to other users".

Another good thing of Paranoid Android is that in fact, ir asks teh user wether or not to open those files that might be exploits, which is great, because I don't want to completely disable helpers or lose their functionality (as would be the case should I choose to change AppHelper to TextEdit, for example).

Finnally, Unsanity guys are very responsive to suggestions, which is great, and Jason Harris, the developer of this freeware haxie (if I'm not mistaken) is extremely professional.

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Version 1.2
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Anonymous
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I own most of unsanity's products, think they're great and never had any problems with any of the haxies......... that is, until now. After installer this my Cube would boot and gang almost immediately. Removed it and re-installed version 1.1 and now everything's fine again.

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Version 1.2
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AM
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Actually it works with 10.2 and above also.
Great free fix.
Thanks!

Test your system with this link:
http://www.geekspiff.com/unlinkedCrap/innocousPage.html

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Version 1.2
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Anonymous
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I found RCDefault App to be a much simpler choice to prevent the disk/ftp security hole. It's only a single prefs pane you can install and uninstall at will and doesn't use APE which I've had reservations about for some time.

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14618

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Version 1.2
AM
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And what are your reservations about APE? If you have any information, you should post it rather than make insinuations.

I have APE installed and I find that system better than a PrefPane since I can turn it off on a per Application basis - thats my "opinion".

Yes, RCDefault is the way to go if you dont want to use APE but stop posting insinutations anonymously all over the net.

I have no relation to APE developers - other than being a satisfied user.

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Anonymous
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Insinuations? All I read from the other Anonymous comment above was that he thought RCDefaultApp was simpler and that he didn't want to install APE.

Now, if you want to read more into that, go ahead. But don't accuse him of making insinuations, etc., about APE just because he chose not to use it.

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Anonymous
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Jeez, he/she is insinuating when saying that he/she has reservations, yet he/she doesn't make clear what they are all about.

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Anonymous
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That's still just saying he has his own reasons for not wanting to install it, not that they're necessarily BAD reasons, etc. It's still his choice; he could not want to install APE because his hard drive is 99.9% full. Does that mean he's trashing APE? No.

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Anonymous
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Some (all ?) users will want to add "file" to the allowed "URI schemes" for version 1.2, in the System Preferences / Application Enhancer / Paranoid Android. Click the "+" sign and enter "file".

No crashing for me on 17" iMac.

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Version 1.2
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Anonymous
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Made my system come to a complete halt! Removed P.A. 1.2, and everything went back to normal. (G5/Dual 2G)

You be the judge!

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Version 1.2
Kballard
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Must be something wrong on your system. This is a very simple haxie and works perfectly well.

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Anonymous
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Working great here :) - No crashes nor problems, and a lot easier than using RCDefaultAPP

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Version 1.2
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Anonymous
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After installing PA, Safari and Software Update crashing all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Version 1.1
Kballard
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Must be something wrong about your system. Paranoid Android is a very simple and safe haxie - most likely it's just exposing an underlying problem in your system.

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Downloads 7,206
Version Downloads 3,806
License Free
Date 22 Feb 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free