Category Archives: Security

Apple App Store

Allowing Apple App Store Access Through a Firewall

If you allow port 80 and 443 access out of your network then accessing the Apple App Store from behind your firewall it’s a doddle.

However if you have a more locked down area of a network but have iPads etc that need App Store access here’s what you need to allow port 80 and 443 access to:

17.154.0.0/16 Apple's Class B Subnet includes phobos.apple.com address(es)
23.63.98.0/23 Akamai Technologies CDN

I appreciate this is a bit of a wide range of addresses, but unless you want to be having to packet capture and analyze where the App store is heading too that week it’s a reasonable. I doubt anyone would give up a class B IPv4 range nowadays.

Hope that helps some of you out!

Mac OS X’s Hidden FTP Server

Seeing as there is already the capability to run a built in ftp server on OS X why bother downloading and potentially paying for one?

Starting the OS X FTP Server

sudo -s launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

Stopping the OS X FTP Server

sudo -s launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ftp.plist

You could even easily knock up an Automator app to start and stop this (sod it I might even make one myself).

Sourced from: http://osxdaily.com/2011/09/29/start-an-ftp-or-sftp-server-in-mac-os-x-lion/