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"Security message has an invalid length"

I am getting dozens of messages in my security.log like this:

[unwrapped text]
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/MacOS/SystemUIServer[484]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes[538]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /usr/libexec/ApplicationFirewall/socketfilterfw[56]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Applications/Mail.app/Contents/MacOS/Mail[658]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/MacOS/SystemUIServer[484]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Applications/3rd/X-Chat Aqua/X-Chat Aqua.app/Contents/MacOS/X-Chat Aqua[523]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes[538]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Users/syth/Library/PreferencePanes/PTHPasteboard.prefPane/Contents/Resources/PTHPasteboard.app/Contents/MacOS/PTHPasteboard[528]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Applications/3rd/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin[806]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /usr/libexec/ApplicationFirewall/socketfilterfw[56]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /System/Library/Frameworks/InstantMessage.framework/iChatAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/iChatAgent[569]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus mDNSResponder[18]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DMNotification.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/dmnotifyd[535]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/MacOS/SystemUIServer[484]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus mDNSResponder[18]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /usr/libexec/ApplicationFirewall/socketfilterfw[56]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Applications/3rd/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin[806]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Applications/Mail.app/Contents/MacOS/Mail[658]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /System/Library/Frameworks/InstantMessage.framework/iChatAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/iChatAgent[569]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DMNotification.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/dmnotifyd[535]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Users/syth/Library/PreferencePanes/PTHPasteboard.prefPane/Contents/Resources/PTHPasteboard.app/Contents/MacOS/PTHPasteboard[528]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Applications/3rd/X-Chat Aqua/X-Chat Aqua.app/Contents/MacOS/X-Chat Aqua[523]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/MacOS/SystemUIServer[484]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes[538]: Security message had an invalid length
Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DotMacSyncManager.framework/Versions/A/Resources/dotmacsyncclient[815]: Security message had an invalid length
[/unwrapped text]

Google is of no help:

<http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Security+message+had+an+invalid+length%22>

They repeat ever 14 minutes or so.

Anyone have any ideas?

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3/22/2008 1:28:03 PM
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In message <slrnfua2b3.rm.g.kreme@cerebus.local> 
  Lewis <g.kreme@gmail.com.dontsendmecopies> wrote:
> I am getting dozens of messages in my security.log like this:

> [unwrapped text]
> Mar 22 07:07:57 cerebus /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/MacOS/SystemUIServer[484]: Security message had an invalid length
> [/unwrapped text]

> Google is of no help:

> <http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Security+message+had+an+invalid+length%22>

> They repeat ever 14 minutes or so.

> Anyone have any ideas?

No ideas, huh?

This same group keeps coming up ever few minutes...


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g.kreme (3671)
3/23/2008 11:50:55 AM
Lewis <g.kreme@gmail.com.dontsendmecopies> writes:

> > Anyone have any ideas?
> 
> No ideas, huh?

I looked around - I saw one guy mention this on Apple's
discussion web site, but there was no answer there.

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=6759916&#6759916

But, you are both running the dotmacsyncclient, so you
could try stopping that and see if the messages stop too.

If that's not it, how about opening a terminal window
and posting the output from these commands -

stty cols 256
sw_vers
ps -ax

The first one is to ensure the output of the third one
is not truncated.  It will wrap, and it'd be nice if you
unwrapped or cleaned it up before posting it.  You might
be able to just drag the terminal window wide enough to
handle this instead, if you have the room on your screen.

The second command will show which version of the operating
system you're running, and the third will show all active
processes.  One of those may have some connection to the
messages you're seeing.

Billy Y..
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billy22 (785)
3/24/2008 7:26:41 PM
In message <fs8v9h$cdv$1@reader2.panix.com> 
  billy@MIX.COM <billy@MIX.COM> wrote:
> Lewis <g.kreme@gmail.com.dontsendmecopies> writes:

>> > Anyone have any ideas?
>> 
>> No ideas, huh?

> I looked around - I saw one guy mention this on Apple's
> discussion web site, but there was no answer there.

Yeah, I found that, it was the only thing I found on google with the 
error I posted.

> http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=6759916&#6759916

> But, you are both running the dotmacsyncclient, so you
> could try stopping that and see if the messages stop too.

OK, I will try that.

> If that's not it, how about opening a terminal window
> and posting the output from these commands -

> stty cols 256
> sw_vers
> ps -ax

 ~ $ sw_vers
ProductName:	Mac OS X
ProductVersion:	10.5.2
BuildVersion:	9C31
 ~ $ ps -ax
  PID TTY           TIME CMD
    1 ??         0:04.91 /sbin/launchd
   10 ??         0:00.98 /usr/libexec/kextd
   11 ??         0:15.25 /usr/sbin/DirectoryService
   12 ??         0:01.65 /usr/sbin/notifyd
   13 ??         1:15.75 /usr/sbin/syslogd
   14 ??         0:06.23 /usr/sbin/configd
   17 ??         0:03.39 /usr/sbin/distnoted
   18 ??         0:01.49 /usr/sbin/mDNSResponder -launchd
   23 ??         0:06.44 /usr/sbin/securityd -i
   31 ??         0:01.08 /usr/sbin/ntpd -n -g -p /var/run/ntpd.pid -f /var/db/ntp.drift
   32 ??         0:00.54 /usr/sbin/cupsd -l
   33 ??         0:00.84 /usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND
   34 ??         0:00.03 /usr/sbin/cron
   35 ??         0:22.94 /usr/sbin/update
   36 ??         0:00.01 /sbin/SystemStarter
   40 ??         0:00.03 /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/AppleVNCServer.bundle/Contents/Support/RFBRegisterMDNS
   41 ??         2:11.43 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Support/mds
   42 ??         0:03.50 /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow console
   43 ??         0:00.01 /usr/sbin/KernelEventAgent
   44 ??         0:00.95 /usr/sbin/kdcmond -n -a
   47 ??         0:00.01 /usr/libexec/hidd
   48 ??         0:18.40 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/CarbonCore.framework/Versions/A/Support/fseventsd
   50 ??         0:00.03 /sbin/dynamic_pager -F /private/var/vm/swapfile
   53 ??         0:01.00 /usr/sbin/diskarbitrationd
   57 ??         0:00.78 /usr/sbin/blued
   58 ??         0:00.01 autofsd
   59 ??         0:00.72 /usr/libexec/ApplicationFirewall/socketfilterfw
   71 ??         0:02.71 /System/Library/CoreServices/coreservicesd
   72 ??         5:08.33 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/CoreGraphics.framework/Resources/WindowServer -daemon
   73 ??         0:00.04 /usr/sbin/krb5kdc -n -r LKDC:SHA1.72BBD869C7A39B9E70850D67E83A64390A94A20E
  106 ??         0:00.09 /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vmnet-natd -c /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vmnet8/nat.conf -m /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vmnet8/nat.mac -d /var/run/vmnet-natd-vmnet8.pid vmnet8
  126 ??         0:00.11 /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vmnet-dhcpd -cf /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vmnet8/dhcpd.conf -lf /var/db/vmware/vmnet-dhcpd-vmnet8.leases -pf /var/run/vmnet-dhcpd-vmnet8.pid vmnet8
  128 ??         0:00.43 /usr/sbin/nmbd -F
  129 ??         0:00.00 /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vmnet-netifup -d /var/run/vmnet-netif-vmnet8.pid vmnet8 vmnet8
  132 ??         0:00.00 /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vmnet-netifup -d /var/run/vmnet-netif-vmnet1.pid vmnet1 vmnet1
  138 ??         0:00.01 /usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND
  139 ??         0:00.12 /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vmnet-dhcpd -cf /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vmnet1/dhcpd.conf -lf /var/db/vmware/vmnet-dhcpd-vmnet1.leases -pf /var/run/vmnet-dhcpd-vmnet1.pid vmnet1
  142 ??         0:00.00 /Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion/vmnet-bridge -d /var/run/vmnet-bridge-vmnet0.pid vmnet0 
  151 ??         0:00.19 /usr/sbin/racoon -e -x
  159 ??         0:00.01 /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/AppleVNCServer.bundle/Contents/Support/VNCPrivilegeProxy
  162 ??         0:00.38 /usr/sbin/coreaudiod
  171 ??         0:00.05 /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/iSightAudio.plugin/Contents/Resources/IIDCAssistant.bundle/Contents/MacOS/IIDCAssistant
  178 ??         0:03.78 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/FamilyControls.framework/Resources/parentalcontrolsd
  191 ??         0:02.43 /sbin/launchd
  196 ??         0:00.17 /System/Library/CoreServices/AirPort Base Station Agent.app/Contents/MacOS/AirPort Base Station Agent -launchd
  200 ??         0:00.15 /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/AppleVNCServer.bundle/Contents/MacOS/AppleVNCServer
  202 ??         0:00.41 /System/Library/CoreServices/Spotlight.app/Contents/MacOS/Spotlight
  203 ??         0:00.25 /usr/sbin/UserEventAgent -l Aqua
  204 ??         0:15.00 /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Versions/A/Support/mdworker MDSImporterWorker com.apple.Spotlight.ImporterWorker.501
  207 ??         0:00.00 /usr/sbin/pboard
  208 ??         0:02.74 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/ATS.framework/Support/ATSServer
  209 ??         0:37.92 /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/MacOS/Dock -psn_0_45067
  213 ??         2:49.61 /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemUIServer.app/Contents/MacOS/SystemUIServer -psn_0_53261
  214 ??         4:39.85 /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder -psn_0_57358
  238 ??         0:00.06 /Library/Frameworks/HPServicesInterface.framework/Runtime/hpusbmond
  247 ??         0:41.79 /Library/Printers/hp/hpio/HPIO Trap Monitor.app/Contents/MacOS/HPIO Trap Monitor
  255 ??         1:25.82 /Library/Frameworks/HPServicesInterface.framework/Runtime/hpdot4d 1008 22033 4250206208 255 255 255
  258 ??         0:01.23 /usr/local/dyndns/DynDNSUpdaterService start
  265 ??         0:00.21 /Library/Google/Google Updater/Google Updater.app/Contents/Resources/Google Updater Helper.app/Contents/MacOS/Google Updater Helper -psn_0_65552
  266 ??         0:29.31 /Library/Application Support/Hewlett-Packard/Customer Participation/HP Product Research.app/Contents/MacOS/HP Product Research -psn_0_69649
  267 ??         0:00.26 /Library/Application Support/Hewlett-Packard/Software Update/HP Scheduler.app/Contents/MacOS/HP Scheduler -psn_0_73746
  269 ??         0:23.45 /Library/Printers/hp/hpio/HPEventHandler.app/Contents/MacOS/HPEventHandler -psn_0_77843
  271 ??         0:27.55 /Applications/3rd/Google Notifier.app/Contents/MacOS/Google Notifier -psn_0_81940
  272 ??         0:00.14 /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Resources/iTunesHelper.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunesHelper -psn_0_86037
  273 ??         0:00.16 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/SpeechSynthesis.framework/Versions/A/Resources/SpeechSynthesisServer.app/Contents/MacOS/SpeechSynthesisServer -psn_0_90134
  274 ??         0:56.43 /Applications/3rd/X-Chat Aqua/X-Chat Aqua.app/Contents/MacOS/X-Chat Aqua -psn_0_94231
  278 ??         0:00.01 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework/Versions/A/Resources/usbmuxd -launchd
  279 ??         0:25.70 /Applications/3rd/LaunchBar.app/Contents/MacOS/LaunchBar -psn_0_98328
  281 ??         0:00.15 /Library/PreferencePanes/PowerMate.prefPane/Contents/Resources/PowerMateDaemon.app/Contents/MacOS/PowerMateDaemon -psn_0_106522
  283 ??         0:06.69 /Users/kreme/Library/PreferencePanes/PTHPasteboard.prefPane/Contents/Resources/PTHPasteboard.app/Contents/MacOS/PTHPasteboard -psn_0_114716
  284 ??         0:00.32 /Users/kreme/Library/Application Support/iStat menus/Helpers/iStat menus Helper.app/Contents/MacOS/iStat menus Helper -psn_0_118813
  285 ??         0:01.28 /Users/kreme/Library/Application Support/Awaken/AwakenHelper.app/Contents/MacOS/AwakenHelper -psn_0_122910
  286 ??         0:43.25 /Applications/3rd/CoverSutra.app/Contents/MacOS/CoverSutra -psn_0_127007
  287 ??         0:17.66 /Users/kreme/Applications/Last.fm.app/Contents/MacOS/LastFmHelper.app/Contents/MacOS/LastFmHelper -psn_0_131104
  307 ??         1:04.32 /Users/kreme/Library/Application Support/iStat menus/Helpers/iStatMenusProcessServer
  316 ??         0:00.22 /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DMNotification.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/dmnotifyd
  318 ??         0:35.00 /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes -psn_0_139298
  332 ??         0:02.92 /System/Library/Frameworks/InstantMessage.framework/iChatAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/iChatAgent -psn_0_147492
  392 ??         0:00.01 /usr/sbin/httpd -D FOREGROUND
  395 ??         0:00.05 /usr/libexec/InternetSharing
  397 ??         7:49.48 /usr/sbin/natd -alias_address 10.1.10.13 -interface en0 -use_sockets -same_ports -unregistered_only -dynamic -clamp_mss -enable_natportmap -natportmap_interface en2
  398 ??         0:00.18 /usr/libexec/bootpd -P
  400 ??         0:00.14 /usr/sbin/named -c /etc/com.apple.named.conf.proxy -f
  506 ??         0:00.35 /usr/sbin/smbd -F
  507 ??         0:00.00 /usr/sbin/smbd -F
  722 ??         0:27.42 /Applications/3rd/BBEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/BBEdit -psn_0_221238
  730 ??         0:00.69 /System/Library/Services/AppleSpell.service/Contents/MacOS/AppleSpell -psn_0_225335
  736 ??         0:28.23 /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app/Contents/MacOS/Terminal -psn_0_229432
  818 ??         0:00.22 /System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/ATS.framework/Support/ATSServer
  842 ??         0:00.09 /usr/bin/ssh-agent -l
  864 ??        44:43.54 /Users/kreme/Applications/SABnzbd.app/Contents/MacOS/SABnzbd -psn_0_258111
  926 ??         0:15.93 /usr/sbin/smbd -F
 2530 ??         0:00.06 /usr/local/sbin/pure-ftpd -I 15 -c 15 -w -H -lpuredb:/etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.pdb -lpam -E -Ow3c:/var/log/pureftpd.log -Y 1 -U 133:022
  737 ttys000    0:00.02 login -pf kreme
  738 ttys000    0:00.07 -bash
 1625 ttys000    0:06.00 slrn -C
 1637 ttys001    0:00.02 login -pf kreme
 1638 ttys001    0:00.21 -bash
 2533 ttys001    0:00.00 ps -ax

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g.kreme (3671)
3/25/2008 1:16:37 AM
Lewis <g.kreme@gmail.com.dontsendmecopies> writes:

>  ~ $ ps -ax

Well... Nothing in the process list looks obvious to me,
but then I don't run VMware, either.  I did grab a copy
and grep (search) it for the string being logged.  There
is a sort of similar thing in it -

(Version 1.1.1 | 72241 - 01/24/08)
  The following parameter had invalid length:

You may have a different version.  I'd ask them about
this, just to be sure.

Another possibility is all the various apps logging the
message share a common library and are getting it from
that.  I don't have a 10.5 system available to look,
and I didn't find anything in 10.4, although I'm not
sure my search was exhaustive...

When did this start?  Does that coincide with the
10.5.2 update, or some other software update?

Billy Y..
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billy22 (785)
3/25/2008 7:13:44 PM
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