Posted Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 at 5:12 pm under companies, other, tech.

I go shopping for a compass, then my Sonos decides it needs one too

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 3.42.33 PMLast night I spent some time online looking to buy a compass. I looked at many of the Suunto models. Also yesterday I installed Little Snitch after noticing that an unknown gamed process wanted to establish a TCP/IP connection.

Anyway… a few minutes ago, 10 or 11 hours after I eventually bought a compass, a message pops up from Little Snitch telling me that the Mac OS X desktop Sonos app was trying to open a connection to ns.suunto.com. See image on right (click for the full-sized version).

WTF?!?!

Can someone explain how that works? Either Little Snitch is mightily confused or…… Or what? Has the Sonos app has been digging around in my Chrome browser history or cache or cookie jar? Is Chrome somehow complicit locally? Or something with cookies (but that would require the Sonos to be accessing and sending cookies stored by Chrome). Or…. what?

And, why ns.suunto.com? There’s an HTTP server there, but its / resource is not very informative:

$ curl -S -v http://ns.suunto.com
* Rebuilt URL to: http://ns.suunto.com/
* Hostname was NOT found in DNS cache
*   Trying 23.63.99.202...
* Connected to ns.suunto.com (23.63.99.202) port 80 (#0)
> GET / HTTP/1.1
> User-Agent: curl/7.37.1
> Host: ns.suunto.com
> Accept: */*
>
< HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
* Server Apache is not blacklisted
< Server: Apache
< Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
< Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:02:47 GMT
< Content-Length: 16
< Connection: keep-alive
<
* Connection #0 to host ns.suunto.com left intact
File not found."⏎

Unfortunately, Little Snitch doesn't tell me the full URL that the Sonos app was trying to access.

Anyone care to speculate what's going on here?

  • Hi Terry. I’ve no idea what’s going on with your compass, but it’s good to see a blog post from you after nearly 12 months. Most of your old posts flew over my head, but I still enjoyed reading them!