That pescky Little Snitch!!!!

I have just spent the last 4 hours of my life trying to figure out why the hell Safari wouldn’t open HTTPS sites… and it hasn’t been pretty!!!

Let me go though some of the suggestions I have found and tried and remember this is for OSX 10.6 and up (I’m pretty sure, although I am running 10.6 still):






First and foremost, If you have Little Snitch installed, check to see if it’s blocking Safari in some sort of way. If it is, delete the offending rule and/or get rid of’em all.

If that didn’t work, then it gets a bit more complicated from here, so roll up your sleves and lets get started.

Lets go into safari and empty the cache:

  • Select the Safari menu and go down to Empty Cache
  • Restart Safari

Yeah I know, that didn’t help me either. If it did you, I couldn’t be happier for you and your done! Enjoy

Next we’re going to Reset Safari:

  • Go to the Safari menu and select Reset Safari
  • Restart Safari

No joy either, huh? I know it seems a bit strange but not to worry we still have several more things to try out.

Lets try disabling any plugins installed in Safari by going to Preferences – Extensions and turn off.

Nothing!!!! Ok persistence is the key here as with everything in life. Lets stick to it…

Next we’re going to need to look for several .plist files and delete them. Most of them are in /Library/Preferences:

look for these and send them to the trash:

  • (this one you might have and you might not, I didn’t)

UH OH! Nada! Keep on it!

Lets check System Preferences / Network, select the Advanced tab then select the Proxies tab.

  • Make sure none of the boxes on the left under *Select a protocol to configure* are selected.

While we are there lets change a setting:

  • System Preferences – Network – Ethernet/WIFI – Advanced – Ethernet – MTU:
    and change from 1500 to 1200

If at any time one of these works for you go an enjoy yourself, you earned it! For the rest of us, read on…

This is starting to get aggrevating! and all the help on the net hasn’t gotten us anywhere as of yet.

Try this:

  • Create a new folder on your desktop and move everything from your /Library/Preferences/ folder into that new folder, log out and log back in, then try accessing an https site. If that does it, then one or more of the files you moved is either corrupt or conflicting with another.

Keep in mind that all of your previously set preference settings revert back to the default settings, so you have two choices.

  • Reset them all by not moving them back
  • Move them from the desktop folder, one at time, back into /Preferences/, restart, and see if the problem returns. If so, you’ve identified the corrupt/conflicting one. Continue until you isolate the bad one/ones.

Any luck? Me niether and thats about as far as I got with all the stuff on the net.

I’ve got nuttin else fer ya….

Wait did we check Little Snitch???? We sure did and there was nothing blocking Safari thats for sure. But did we check the WebProcess???

Nope, sure didn’t…

We need to make sure that the WebProcess is allowing TCP connections to port 443 (https).

In my case I had a rule denying access to port 443 which was what was causing Safari to choke on https sites.

  • Change this rule or add one allowing access.
This is the process that I had to go through to find a solution and it was very frustrating to say the least. I had to sift through dozens and dozens of posts on every kind of web site imaginable just to come up with dead end after dead end. I have tried to group as much info together as posible about this problem in one place so that you, my dear friend might just find the solution right here.
If it isn’t the complete solution at least I hope that I have pointed you in the right direction and given you some tips as to how go about solving this problem.
Let me know how you did…



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