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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:02 am    Post subject: Weird Folder and Files Reply with quote

I was browsing my HD looking for a file when I stumble into a folder called SW located on my user folder. I checked it and to my surprise it was somekind of linux distro. One of the folders was called fink. Strange, it had references that said it was a debian distribution.

I don't remember installing such a program on my computer. Does anybody knows if this is a spyware or have I been hacked? Maybe this is just part of a program. Needles to say I erased the folder, changed my root password and became paranoid.

Just wandering WTF this was.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This seems to be the installation directory for Apache. Fink is a project that modifies open source for use on OS X. I think that Apache is a Fink project, not sure though. Other Fink software installs to that directory as well, I guess. There is a lot of information here. Hope that helps.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link. I'm still woried about the fact that I don't remember downloading any software that uses apache or fink. I think someone might have been able to log into my computer remotely. I mean, I'm currently using my routers firewall and the software firewall that comes with the mac. There is only one port open on both. Oh well! I guess I will have to wait and see if somebody starts using my bank accounts. Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know Apache comes with OS X. It's one of those pre-bundled *nix apps. Fink is probably the wrapper for Apache, so that would be installed as well. It's installed with the OS, so you don't have anything to worry about. If you have the firewall working in OS X, you don't need to worry about a thing. Also, Apache is disabled by default. You can check by examining what options you have enabled under the Shared option in Preferences.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fink is a utility that uses Debian's package manager to install unix software on your computer. I use it for Gnuplot and various other things. Unless specifically changed, it installs in the root directory (/sw).

Apache comes preinstalled with OS X (/usr/sbin/httpd) and doesn't require Fink. There's no reason for OS X to have a Fink installation in your home directory.

A quick search of Google doesn't turn up any rootkits that are related to Fink so my guess is an application that was installed somewhere, sometime, put it there.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys! I feel better now (although a little dumb). I'm still paranoid from being a windoze user before. Embarassed
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