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Sharing Update in Mac OS X 10.5.5

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p>Apple made a minor change to how the File Sharing service displays shared volumes, along with the accompanying explanation, in its Mac OS X 10.5.5 update that incorporated Security Update 2008-006 on 15-Sep-2008. Before this update, the list of Shared Folders excluded Public Folders in other user’s home directories. Those now appear.

Apple also improved the text that explains what’s shared. An user account with administrative access enabled can access any mounted volume, including the hard drive from which Mac OS X started up. This wasn’t indicated prior to 10.5.5, and is a minor security flaw by omission.

The view before 10.5.5:

The view starting with 10.5.5:

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