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Real Security in Mac OS X Requires Apple-Signed Certificates

Wil Shipley:

There are three primary ways Apple increases security of applications running on the Mac and the iPhone: Sandboxing, Code Auditing, and Certification. While all these are incrementally valuable, none is perfect on its own.

The problem Mac developers are facing is that the two that Apple is enforcing on the Mac App Store (Sandboxing and Code Auditing) are implemented currently to be actively bad for developers and not particularly good for users. And the method that would provide the most benefit for developers and users (Certification) isn’t enforced broadly enough to be useful.

A thoughtful, detailed, and well-reasoned argument. Let’s hope Apple is listening.

Friday, 4 November 2011