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PS3 Media Server shared all my data!!!

Postby urbanriot » Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:44 am

So, i setup PS3 media center as a service for the guy upstairs.

Specified all the drives I wanted to share... go upstairs, and it's shared MY ENTIRE COMPUTER. Look at PS3 media center, and sure enough it lists just the stuff I wanted to share. I exited, reload, and it has 'default'. Specified information, saved, restarted HTTP and it has the correct information. Check the PS3 and it lists the correct stuff... exited the front end app, reloaded AND IT'S BACK TO DEFAULT, SHARING MY ENTIRE DRIVE!!

So, obviously the front end doesn't properly communicate with the service? Is that a known bug, and should I be running it just as an app and not a service?

What's the easiest way to uninstall this service, so I'm not sharing all my personal sensitive information?

Thanks gents.
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Re: PS3 Media Server shared all my data!!!

Postby urbanriot » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:03 am

Since Disabling the service, PS3 Media Server retains my saved information. The front end communicating to service is bugged. Possible issue with x64?

I absolutely can not believe that this application shares ALL your drives by default. That's insane - Default should be no shares, and you add what you want. Especially when it's buggy like this, you can have the piece of mind that you're not sharing your entire porn collection with your roommate or wife.
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Re: PS3 Media Server shared all my data!!!

Postby quepaso » Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:13 am

urbanriot wrote:Since Disabling the service, PS3 Media Server retains my saved information. The front end communicating to service is bugged. Possible issue with x64?

I absolutely can not believe that this application shares ALL your drives by default. That's insane - Default should be no shares, and you add what you want. Especially when it's buggy like this, you can have the piece of mind that you're not sharing your entire porn collection with your roommate or wife.


I prefer it sharing every drive myself. If you have something to hide...
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Re: PS3 Media Server shared all my data!!!

Postby heavyharmonies » Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:56 am

Has nothing to do with hiding anything. It's a security issue.
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Re: PS3 Media Server shared all my data!!!

Postby shagrath » Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:22 am

urbanriot wrote:Since Disabling the service, PS3 Media Server retains my saved information. The front end communicating to service is bugged. Possible issue with x64?


there's no front end lol
you must save your settings BEFORE installing the service
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Re: PS3 Media Server shared all my data!!!

Postby Simmo » Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:53 am

Mine did the same on Windows 7 x64 - I fixed it doing this:

- Install PMS
- Give the user account youre running it under Write/Delete/Append/Create/Read rights (I just did Full Control) to C:\Program Files (x86)\PS3 Media Server (or wherever you installed it)
- Fire it up, make the changes and hit save
- If youre using Windows Firewall, let it make the changes to open it up if it asks

Turns out PMS wasnt able to write the config file to the directory but just wasnt reporting an error.


I couldnt get the PMS to run as a service under W7/x64 though - even by changing the service logon credentials to the above user account - the ps3 just wouldnt find the PMS - works fine when I run it as an app

Hope that helps

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Re: PS3 Media Server shared all my data!!!

Postby urbanriot » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:47 pm

quepaso wrote:I prefer it sharing every drive myself. If you have something to hide...


I have plenty of sensitive files backed up on my home server - Of course I have something to hide!

I'm a great deal calmer now since noticing this, but the default security of any kind of file sharing application should be to share nothing by default, not share entire drives. Especially this one, since it completely circumvents any local file permissions. I'm not familiar enough with how the PS3 works to know if one of the people using my server can somehow access my files though their PC, by proxy of the PS3, but it's still disturbing nonetheless. I urge the project developers to consider sharing nothing by default for future releases, especially since bugs or user error could easily reset the defaults and cause someone to share all their files by default (as opposed to nothing).

shagrath wrote:there's no front end lol
you must save your settings BEFORE installing the service


My mistake. I thought this "Java PS3 Media Server 1.03" applet was the front end for the service, and could communicate the settings to the running service. There isn't a great deal of documentation on this software, and that seems intuitive to me, but I guess that's not how it functions.

I've since disabled it as a service, since the default settings of this software are very disturbing and since running it as an application it seems to retain settings on not share all my data.

Thank you for your responses.
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Re: PS3 Media Server shared all my data!!!

Postby saiga6360 » Sun Feb 01, 2009 3:41 am

I found that you cannot save settings while the Service is started. Just stop the service, run the app, save your settings and close, then restart the service. It is a pain but I don't think the service can coexist with another instance of the app.
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Re: PS3 Media Server shared all my data!!!

Postby j2048b » Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:20 pm

how do you remove it as a service? I no longer use v. 1.03 due to some issues of transcoding, and am back to 1.02 since it is better for me, ( i am a bit slow when it comes to trying to learn new programs!)

it is showing up under my services, but how do you remove that service?

Thanks
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Re: PS3 Media Server shared all my data!!!

Postby ufo8mycow » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:33 pm

j2048b wrote:how do you remove it as a service? I no longer use v. 1.03 due to some issues of transcoding, and am back to 1.02 since it is better for me, ( i am a bit slow when it comes to trying to learn new programs!)

it is showing up under my services, but how do you remove that service?

Thanks


Bump, I'd like to remove it as a service -- how would I do this please?

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