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Sorry! Apple let a piece of Mac malware run without warning



Apple’s track record is pretty clean when it comes to maintaining the security of your Macs. However, a newly found goof-up can screw up the impressive scorecard.

The company accidentally approved Adobe Flash-based malware to run on Mac without warning. Security researchers Patrick Wardle and Peter Dantini found this error in one Flash drive installer hosts a copy site for Homebrew, a package management system for Linux.

To ensure that apps running on macOS are secure, Apple asks developers for what is called a notarization process. If the company̵

7;s automated service finds that the app does not have malicious software, it issues a ticket for the developer to attach the software. That ticket is used when you install that app on your Mac so that the system can identify it as a secure app.

If the app does not pass the test, the system displays a warning as shown in the diagram below. You can read more about the Noteraization process here.

Credit: Patrick Wardle