The AppleIDAuthAgent process on my 2007 Mac Pro running OS X 10.7.5 is taking up 95-100 % CPU continuously.

I use it whenever I go to work.

I also use it as a server. I occasionally pull/push using git and to access it via SSH and remote desktop from home or elsewhere. It's behind a major university firewall and has fairly high security settings.

More info:

  • Parent Process is launchd.
  • The process has no recent hangs.
  • Real Memory Size: 122.3 MB
  • Virtual Memory Size: 18.49 GB <-- Suspicious....
  • Shared Memory Size: 4.2 MB
  • Private Memory Size: 66.0 MB
  • Virtual Private Memory: 291.1 MB
  • CPU time: 573 hrs

I can provide other info if requested.

  • Try sampling the process to see what it's doing. You can do it from Activity Monitor (sorry, I'm not sure about the exact command for 10.7.5). – Bob Mar 13 '17 at 23:44
  • Also, have you tried restarting the machine? – Bob Mar 13 '17 at 23:44
  • I did restart the machine. Things went down (CPU around 10-20%), but were very, very slowly increasing. – jvriesem Mar 15 '17 at 0:07
  • 1
    Then it's very likely that it's simply a software bug within AppleIDAuthAgent process, triggered by something in your Mac's configuration. If you can get in, I strongly recommend filing a report at [bugreport.apple.com](bugreport.apple.com). – Bob Mar 16 '17 at 15:51
  • 1
    I simply killed that bugger and things went on normally. – qwerty_so Apr 23 '17 at 11:29

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .