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  • Apple Requiring Notarization for Non Mac App Store Apps Starting February 2020

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      • #2022796 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        Apple Requiring Notarization for Non Mac App Store Apps Starting February 2020

        Source: https://www.macrumors.com/2019/12/23/apple-mac-app-notarization-february-2020/

        Nathan Parker

      • #2022815 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        Nathan: Reading the comments in that thread at macrumors, I get the impression that all this ‘notarization’ will do is to prevent an unnotarized application to be launched just by double-clicking its icon. But one can still “right click” the icon and, in the dialog this action will open, chose “open” and that will launch the application anyway. The purpose of this seems to ensure that the user does not open accidentally, unthinkingly, or sometimes when in too much of a rush, an unnotarized and perhaps malware-ridden application, unless the user tries to launch it by the very deliberate act of right-clicking the icon, etc. Because for Tim Cook every user is the King!, or the Queen!, depending, of that user’s own Mac. Do you also see it this way?

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

        • #2023116 Reply
          Ascaris
          AskWoody_MVP

          Because for Tim Cook every user is the King!, or the Queen!, depending, of that user’s own Mac.

          If that were true, it would be possible to turn this obnoxious nannying off.  Is it?

          Group "L" (Fedora 32 Linux w/ KDE Plasma).

          • #2023143 Reply
            OscarCP
            AskWoody Plus

            Acaris: Of course it is true! Are you going to start doubting me, now?

            And it is all for your own good! Tim Cook is the best! How can anyone possibly not know that? Sheez!

            Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

      • #2022830 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        But one can still “right click” the icon and, in the dialog this action will open, chose “open” and that will launch the application anyway.

        That’s how it has been in the past. I haven’t heard of any major changes yet with Catalina, and hopefully there aren’t any major changes. There’s a handful of apps I use where I’ve had to perform the right-click to get the apps to launch.

        Nathan Parker

      • #2023130 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        it would be possible to turn this obnoxious nannying off.  Is it?

        There used to be a way to completely disable it. Apple removed that feature a few OS releases ago and making it where Control+Click or Right-Click was the only way around it. Hoping Catalina still keeps this workaround.

        Nathan Parker

      • #2036412 Reply
        Anonymous
        Inactive

        As of Mojave, it is still possible to turn off this “protect me from myself” feature.  You will have to break out the Terminal app.

        Enter;

        sudo spctl – -master-disable

        Hit return and it will ask for a password, and your done.

        You will now have the 3rd “Anywhere” option in System Preferences>Security & Privacy>General> Allow apps downloaded from:

        You can undo it with;

        sudo spctl – -master-enable

        One note, if you should select 1 of the other 2 options, the 3rd options disappears with a reboot.  If you keep it selected it stays put.

         

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      • #2036508 Reply
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks, MW, for the hint.

        But, as someone that installs a new application every blue moon coinciding with the death of a bishop, what would be the advantage, in my case, of doing this, rather than right clicking, choosing “open” and clicking again for the very occasional installation to proceed? Or is it just the principle of the thing? Because I checked and, as it turned out, doing this is not against any of my principles, so the reason must be some practical one that, right now, escapes me.

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS + Linux (Mint)

        • #2036548 Reply
          Ascaris
          AskWoody_MVP

          I had asked if it was possible to disable the “feature.”  In my case, if I used Mac, I would want to enable this because by the time I’ve gotten to the point of executing a program, I have already completed any vetting I found necessary, and I don’t need the OS trying to second-guess me.

          If I used Macs, I would grudgingly accept the way to fix the issue, but it would be better if there was a checkbox I could select or deselect, this being a Mac and all (where most people don’t expect to be using the terminal).

           

          Group "L" (Fedora 32 Linux w/ KDE Plasma).

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      • #2036547 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        As of Mojave, it is still possible to turn off this “protect me from myself” feature.  You will have to break out the Terminal app.

        Great to know there is a way to disable it still. Gotta love Terminal!

        Nathan Parker

      • #2036549 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        it would be better if there was a checkbox I could select or deselect, this being a Mac and all (where most people don’t expect to be using the terminal).

        That’s how it was before Apple taketh away from us. 🙂

        Nathan Parker

      • #2087929 Reply
        Marty
        AskWoody Plus

        So, suppose you buy TurboTax on a DVD from Costco.  Does the notarization requirement apply to software installed from such physical media?

      • #2087930 Reply
        Nathan Parker
        AskWoody_MVP

        So, suppose you buy TurboTax on a DVD from Costco.  Does the notarization requirement apply to software installed from such physical media?

        According to Apple, what’s a DVD? 🙂

        My guess is it does, but I would hope the workaround we mentioned would work if the installer didn’t launch correctly after inserting the DVD. There is a way to notarize apps on DVD’s as well. I’ve encountered apps that have successfully installed through notarization.

        Nathan Parker

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