Apple appears to have inadvertently approved OSX.Shlayer malware as part of the security notarization process it has touted would boost user confidence that the Developer ID-signed software they distribute has the innovative tech giant’s seal of approval.
"While it is unclear “what the Shlayer folks did to get their malware notarized,” essentially Apple’s process “allowed known malware to pass through undetected, and to be implicitly vouched for by Apple,” Thomas Reed, director of Mac and mobile at Malwarebytes, said in a blog post.
“Either Apple was able to detect Shlayer as part of the notarization process, but breaking that detection was trivial, or Apple had nothing in the notarization process to detect Shlayer, which has been around for a couple years at this point,” Reed wrote.
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