After having successfully compiled bash and sh for OS X Mavericks our OS X Server's System Log is flooded every 2 or 3 seconds with:

... kernel[0]: CODESIGNING: rejected new signature for architecture 16777223 of file /bin/sh
... kernel[0]: proc 59029: load code signature error 4 for file "sh"

There are no complaints about bash, only sh.

What is going on and what can I do to fix it?

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    This is one of many reasons why system binaries shouldn't be replaced in general.
    – grg
    Commented Sep 25, 2014 at 19:51
  • @grgarside oh for an ideal world - without vulnerabilities like ShellShock and with plenty of time to await Apple fixes; which we didn't feel we had to protect the integrity of our OS X Server.
    – iainH
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 15:13

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I have observed the same error when deploying my own signed apps. It appears that if you mv/cp a new binary over an existing signed one, the kernel does not keep track of this very well and starts generating these errors. I have found that this does not occur if the new binary is installed as part of a package, or if the original binary is deleted first and then the new binary put in place. Additionally once in this situation, a reboot fixes the issue, presumably as the kernel codesigning table is stored in memory. I appreciate rebooting may not be an option in a server environment.

  • Rebooting fixed the problem. i.e. no more CODESIGNING errors were logged wrt the new /bin/sh after restart. I was nervous of rebooting with an iffy sh in case I locked myself out of our server. But I needn't have worried. The OS X Server is running smoothly. Thanks to @SillyWilly for confidence-enabling answer. BTW the whole exercise was as a fix to the "shell shock" vulnerability. (See apple.stackexchange.com/questions/146849/…)
    – iainH
    Commented Sep 26, 2014 at 15:02

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