I would like to prevent an application for asking (repeatedly) for administrator privileges.

Specifically, I use the MacOS version of WhatsApp (on 10.14). Owing in part to the recent controversy about their changed EU EULA acceptance terms (which I have not agreed to) and a change they made that removed a very helpful 'right click' 'copy image' function, I am happy with my version of the client, and don't want to upgrade it. I've got it installed in /Applications/, owned by root and without write permissions to other groups (i.e. drwxr-xr-x 3 root wheel).

Periodically, it asks to update using one of MacOS's own dialogue boxes. I'd like to avoid having to click 'cancel' a lot. Can I indicate this preference to MacOS, and get it to automatically deny such requests for this specific application?

An example of the GUI requesting privs

  • 2
    Isn't this rather a question about "how can I prevent WhatsApp on Mac from auto-updating"?
    – nohillside
    Jun 2, 2021 at 11:15
  • @nohillside That's my specific use case -- but in general, no: this dialogue box appears elsewhere (as it's provided by the OS) and one can imagine other questioners wanting to do the same thing for totally different reasons.
    – Landak
    Jun 2, 2021 at 12:08
  • I understand that. Only problem is that there is no such mechanism in macOS. There might be ways to prevent WhatsApp from trying to auto-update though.
    – nohillside
    Jun 2, 2021 at 12:35
  • If you don't agree to the current EULA surely you should stop using WhatsApp and uninstall. I am sure the EULA refers to the service and not just the specific client version.
    – Gilby
    Jun 3, 2021 at 5:07


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