Windows Media Player silently installs into /Applications as non-admin

Posted:
in Genius Bar edited January 2014
WTF?!?!?



I wanted to view a video online using RealPlayer, but I couldn't get the plugin working correctly. Despite my wariness with Microsoft, I thought I'd give WMP 9 for OS X a try.



My user account has no admin privileges. When I install into /Applications, I get prompted for my admin user and password every time.



So how the hell was I able to install WMP by running the installer file without getting prompted for my admin username/password ?!?!?!?



That's right. The WMP installer created files in /Applications without prompting me.



Needless to say, I find this extremely disturbing. If there's some kind of security hole in OS X that allows somebody to circumvent my paranoid security settings, I want to know about it.



Since I couldn't get the WMP plugin to work anyway, I deleted all files related to that program and emptied my trash.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Why exactly are you installing WMP instead of using the QT component, as recommended by Microsoft?



    Also, admins can always write to /Applications. So, assuming you're an admin, it's optional for installers to ask you. They certainly should, though.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    javacowboyjavacowboy Posts: 798member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Chucker

    Why exactly are you installing WMP instead of using the QT component, as recommended by Microsoft?



    Also, admins can always write to /Applications. So, assuming you're an admin, it's optional for installers to ask you. They certainly should, though.




    No, I'm not an admin. I consciously removed admin privileges from my user account. I created a separate admin account to install stuff to /Applications, among other things.



    You'll probably tell me that's not necessary, but I'm super paranoid about security.



    Edit: Minor gramatical errors.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by JavaCowboy

    No, I'm not an admin. I consciously removed admin privileges from my user account. I created a separate admin account to install stuff to /Applications, among other things.



    You'll probably tell me that's not necessary, but I'm super paranoid about security.



    Sounds like something borked up your permissions. ChizenCo perhaps?
  • Reply 4 of 6
    javacowboyjavacowboy Posts: 798member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Chucker

    Sounds like something borked up your permissions. ChizenCo perhaps?



    I know you're being facetious, but I reinstalled RealPlayer minutes later and was prompted for my username/password.



    <Tinfoil Hat>

    Is it possible that, due to the 1997 agreement with Apple, Microsoft has access to secret OS X API's that allow them to circument user-defined security settings?

    </Tinfoil Hat>
  • Reply 5 of 6
    Thats fucking bullshit
  • Reply 6 of 6
    I too run as a non-admin user. I just tried to install WMP9 found at



    http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherpr...d=windowsmedia



    It asked me for my login and password.



    Now I have to uninstall that POS...
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