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Expert Details macOS Bug That Could Let Malware Bypass Gatekeeper Security

Expert Details macOS Bug That Could Let Malware Bypass Gatekeeper Security

December 24, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan

Apple recently fixed a security vulnerability in the macOS operating system that could be potentially exploited by a threat actor to “trivially and reliably” bypass a “myriad of foundational macOS security mechanisms” and run arbitrary code. Security researcher Patrick Wardle  detailed  the discovery in a series of tweets on Thursday. Tracked as CVE-2021-30853 (CVSS score: 5.5), the issue relates to a scenario where a rogue macOS app may circumvent  Gatekeeper  checks, which ensure that only trusted apps can be run and that they have passed an automated process called ” app notarization .” The iPhone maker, crediting Gordon Long of Box with reporting the flaw, said it  addressed the weakness  with improved checks as part of macOS 11.6 updates officially released on September 20, 2021. “Such bugs are often particularly impactful to everyday macOS users as they provide a means for adware and malware authors to sidestep macOS security mechanisms, …m

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