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For questions about Gatekeeper, a security feature in Mountain Lion that only allows certain applications to be opened. The default setting is to allow only Mac App Store and trusted developer applications.

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Restoring Apple Mobile File Integrity back to default settings (nvram boot-args)

I modified Apple Mobile File Integrity by running the following commands in a Terminal: sudo nvram boot-args="amfi_get_out_of_my_way=1" How do I revert this change and restore the macOS ...
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Can I still sideload .ipa files on M1 Macs?

I have been trying to install the Google Home iOS app on my 2021 Macbook Pro (M1X) I found some .ipa files online, but I got these error messages. How can I tell if an arbitrary ipa is code signed ...
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'libsoda.so' error when enabling Google Chrome's Live Caption feature

Since the most recent version of Google Chrome (100.0.4896.127) on macOS Monterey, trying to use Live Caption (chrome://settings/accessibility) results in an error dialog: "libsoda.so" can't ...
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Jemalloc Symbolication No Suitable Image Found Error

I'm working with a custom built Ruby, compiled and built on a Mac OS command line with standard XCode command line tools. It brings in the jemalloc library for better memory management. Whenever I run ...
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XProtect - Apple claims they do signature based antivirus but how do we know?

I read this Apple Support page that they use XProtect to scan for known viruses. I cannot find any evidence that XProtect is getting new definitions or scanning anything. Where can I find the logs and ...
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Force macOS to accept app - "cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified" [duplicate]

I installed Lyx and TexStudio on my Mac. I get this message when I try to open both: Is there a way to override this? I can understand why Apple does this but would like to override if possible. Here ...
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No Show Webpage Option when Opening New Application

I was setting up my Macbook for some coding development, and wanted to install chrome, github desktop, and visual studio code. When I added Chrome to my Applications folder and double clicked, it gave ...
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Where can I find the syntax for macos spctl (gatekeeper) rules?

I'm trying to code-sign an electron app for submission to the "Mac App Store". As expected, it has been a tremendous pain for 101 reasons. However, I have now discovered a ray of light in ...
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“terminal-notifier.app” cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified

When I update os from Big Sur to Monterey and open terminal-notifier.app it shows me the message “terminal-notifier.app” cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified. Why it shows me the ...
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`syspolicyd` CPU usage drains the battery

Since I'm on Monterrey (from Mojave), there is syspolicyd process ALWAYS using 35-45% on the CPU! If I leave the laptop in idle, syspolicyd (Apple Gatekeeper) consumes an average of 37% of the ...
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Application get sigkill on launch

When I launch certain applications, they don't launch. Running them in iTerm gets sigkill. Running them in gdb does not output any debug information. Running them with dtruss does not output any debug ...
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Are there risks when running `sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine "/Applications/*.app" `?

There is an application I really need to use but needs the sudo xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine command to run and I am not 100% sure if this app is harmless. Is there any way to be sure? like scanning ...
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Why am I able to run my own app without code signing?

I have a little open-source Qt app I wrote and then compiled on my Mac. I ran macdeployqt and copied it to my /Applications folder, and it runs without complaint. Ultimately I plan to sign this app ...
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Despite spctl -master-disable and allowing from everywhere, I'm still getting gatekeeper

We have a build server that is running macOS, and macOS is refusing to run certain executables due to gatekeeper. I have run sptcl -master-disable and made sure that inside of Security and Privacy ...
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Gatekeeper scanning files opened over SMB share

I am working with a client that has been experiencing poor performance with large files over SMB. There are a lot of pieces to this puzzle, but I have one in particular here I could use some help ...
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Disabling application signing/integrity protection

I'm using a macOS 10.15 Parallels virtual machine for development purposes. It is very slow (compared to a macOS 10.13 VM), and I spend a couple of hours extracting XCode. Now, when I try to open ...
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How to allow a developer previously denied

I'm installing Samsung Switch on Catalina. On the first install, I was asked to allow/deny from two developers. I allowed Samsung but denied 'GURU...'. Turns out the second one was also required. The ...
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What is Symantec Auto-Protect

I found some 3rd-party preference-panes in my macOS 10.15.7 Catalina, one is 'NTFS for MAC OS X' but I know what it is, the thing I want to know is 'Symantec Auto-Protect': 'SymantecSAQuickMenu....
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Verify code signature of a package installer

On macOS when you open an app downloaded from the internet Gatekeeper automatically verifies the code signature and in case of any problem warns you and blocks the app. As far as I understand that ...
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Error Message Says FileZilla Will Damage My Computer

After updating to Catalina, when I start FileZilla, I get the error message "filezilla will damage your computer. you should move it to the bin”. I had installed FileZilla from the App Store, and ...
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Unable to open Anywhere option from Gatekeeper in order to open apps not from Mac App Store

I was following this guide to open a Mac app from an unidentified developer. So I open Terminal and enter the following code to get the Anywhere option sudo spctl --master-disable This leads to the ...
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Cannot disable gate keeper

I received my M1 Mac Mini a couple weeks ago and restored my time machine backup from an Intel Mac with Catalina. Today I execute this command: sudo spctl --master-disable and the following occurred. ...
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How to prevent even root users from uninstalling or tampering the application on macOS

The aim is to prevent even root users from uninstalling our app on their mac. Apparently, many security applications have this sort of functionality wherein a user(even with root privilege) can not ...
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You can't open the application "Transmission.app" because it may be damaged or incomplete

I upgraded from MacOs 10.14 to 10.15 (Catalina), now I can't open Transmission. I get the following error: You can't open the application "Transmission.app" because it may be damaged or ...
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Disable gatekeeper notarisation check without disabling SIP

I am running into this issue where MacOS does security checks on new executables over the network. This introduces a significant delay when first running a new executable. It's very annoying when ...
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How can i see a list of developers I have allowed for apps on my Mac (Mojave)

I have recently used "system preferences, security & privacy, general" to allow an app downloaded from an identified developer. However, I was a bit quick and don't believe the developer ...
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How to stop Catalina from contacting Apple servers when executing programs?

I'm a software developer and as such I build and run programs hundreds of times per day. I've noticed that since I started using Catalina, after compiling and linking there is a delay (which can be ...
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How can we force MacOS to forget that a specific file was downloaded from the web?

MacOS remember that things were downloaded. MacOS refuse to open or execute script downloaded and prompt the famous message: cannot be opened because it is from an unidentified developer. Can I ...
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Gatekeeper passing strange arguments on first launch after download?

I maintain a macOS application. Some users (but not all) report an issue (I suspect, those running Catalina), where the first time the app is launched, it crashes. All future launches work okay. I've ...
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Gatkeeper prevents Photos from importing Aperture Libary

I am trying to open a 160GB Aperture Library with the Photos.app The library can be opend with aperture w/o problems. As soon as I start opening it with Photos, Gatekeeper starts checking the files. ...
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"SecurID" will damage your computer?

Today I've just started getting a warning dialog when I try to run the RSA SecurID app: This is a Java app I believe. I use it to authenticate when I connect to my company's private network. I've ...
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GateKeeper Blocking Audio Plugin

I'm an audio producer although I have also worked as a C/C++ programmer so I'm reasonably technical! I bought a Mac Mini about a year ago and it recently developed a fault and had to be replaced so I'...
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“fse.node” cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified. While doing npm run dev or watch [duplicate]

On macOS Catalina 10.15.3, I am getting the below error message while running npm run dev or npm run watch. It seems like something to do with nodejs but no idea know how to resolve it. “fse.node” ...
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Able to open downloaded programs, but once closed need to download again

In particular, I'm trying to use Calibre for eBook management. Interestingly, this has never happened with any other app before, but when I quit the app (CommandQ), it's almost as if I never ...
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Unable to use chromedriver following OS upgrade [duplicate]

Error: “chromedriver” cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified. Updated OS is Catalina, version 10.15.2 (19C57). chromedriver was working fine prior to the OS update. I've tried ...
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syspolicyd is killing my battery on a new MacBook Pro, repeatedly scanning and re-scanning my Steam library

syspolicyd is consistently using ~20% CPU and consuming lots of power. Tracing it with sudo fs_usage "$(pgrep syspolicyd)" reveals that it's repeatedly scanning the same dozen or so Steam apps in my ~...
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What is the exact behavior of Catalina verifying app?

By 'verifying' I mean either an explicit popup of 'Verifying' or app launch stuck with XProtectService comsuming CPU in background What I know An app on local drive with com.apple.quarantine xattr ...
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Revoke the permission to run an application from an unidentified developer

Few weeks ago I've installed a CLI application from Homebrew that wasn't signed or notarised (what's Apple calls from an "unidentified developer"). To run this application I've followed the well ...
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Signed and notarized Go app not launching after Gatekeeper dialog

I have an app written in Go that is properly code-signed and notarized. When I download it and launch it for the first time, Gatekeeper will show the usual dialog telling that this application has ...
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How can I install a non-notarized application that is not in the App Store and not from a verified developer?

Is there a possibility to install software that was not "notarized" for macOS Catalina? I have an application that worked on macOS Mojave but cannot be installed anymore on macOS Catalina. I think the ...
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macOS Catalina: "App is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to the trash."

Experiencing a problem with several apps after installing macOS Catalina. When the app is downloaded from the internet I get the error: "APP NAME" is damaged and can't be opened. You should move ...
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Can't execute binary on macOS catalina [duplicate]

I am trying to run a binary that I have downloaded (it's part of flutter). Whenever I'm trying to run it, I get the error: I have already disabled gatekeeper checks globally with sudo spctl --master-...
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After installing software, I need to allow it to load in Security & Privacy. How do I do it with a script?

So I'm working on deploying a piece of software for our organization. I deployed it with JAMF and it seems to work just like expected (exactly like if I installed it manually). The thing is, that ...
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WhatsApp with Mac Catalina

After upgrade in Mac OS 10.15, WhatsApp would not open due to security check failure. In preference, the "Open Anyway" does not seem to work. Any workaround pls? Thanks
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Disabling Gatekeeper is unfruitful : still get the prevention

I found out googling around that while the option to manually allow apps from anywhere to be opened directly was removed : https://www.techjunkie.com/gatekeeper-macos-sierra/ you could still use a ...
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Bypassing Gatekeeper in macOS Mojave 10.14.5

At least until macOS Mojave 10.14.4, a user could run any application on a Mac, signed or not, by right clicking it in Finder and manually selecting Open. Does this still work for all applications ...
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Is it allowed to be an Apple trusted developer with pure Java

I am developing JavaFX with Spring applications that are shipped with native installers for Windows, Linux and macOS. I am hosting the macOS DMG and pkg installers outside Mac App Store on my web site....
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How to stop gatekeeper always asking for app verification in standard account?

I've recently done a clean install of High Sierra and am struggling with reducing the annoyance of the app verification from gatekeeper. For security I log in as a standard user and have a separate ...
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With AppleScript how can you check if spctl is enabled?

I'm familiar with running the AppleScript command: do shell script "sudo spctl --master-disable" with administrator privileges to allow the ability in Security to select Anywhere but is there a way ...
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Gatekeeper refuses validly signed application

I am trying to publish a signed application, but when downloading it through internet, gatekeeper complains: Furthermore, the help page says that the app has been tampered with: Which is actually ...
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