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macWish 10-22-2007 08:07 AM

Apple appropriates term "Sandbox" in Leopard
From Apple's web site describing "new" security features of Leopard (

Enjoy a higher level of protection. Sandboxing prevents hackers from hijacking applications to run their own code by making sure applications only do what they’re intended to do. It restricts an application’s file access, network access, and ability to launch other applications. Many Leopard applications — such as Bonjour, Quick Look, and the Spotlight indexer — are sandboxed so hackers can’t exploit them."

Apple's Sandbox seems to be very different than SuperDuper!'s, but seems to be a major potential source of confusion to new users of SuperDuper on Leopard.

macWish 10-22-2007 08:34 AM

The title of my post reflected my ignorance of origin of computer use of term of Sandbox. Now I understand why you picked the term.

From Wikipedia:

"In computer security, a sandbox is a security mechanism for safely running programs. It is often used to execute untested code, or programs from unverified third-parties, suppliers and untrusted users.

The sandbox typically provides a tightly-controlled set of resources for guest programs to run in, such as scratch space on disk and memory. Network access, the ability to inspect the host system or read from input devices is usually disallowed or heavily restricted. In this sense, sandboxes are a specific example of virtualization."

dnanian 10-22-2007 09:27 AM

Exactly right! :)

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