C/C++/Cocoa tool for codesign security, Developer ID, & Mac App Store Receipt Validation
Tighten Pro - in the Mac App Store
Tighten Pro is now available in the Mac App Store.
Simply click on the icon to the left to purchase directly from Apple.
Or choose PKCS#7Viewer.app by clicking the image to the right.
Mac Developer: 'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever • The Register
Mac Developer: Leaked recording reveals Apple's plan to stop leakers | Cult of Mac
Mac Developer: Apple opens summer Apple Camp registrations, sessions start in July
Apple opens summer Apple Camp registrations, sessions start in July: "Apple on Tuesday opened up registrations for this year's free summer Apple Camps, which will teach kids 8 to 12 various creative and technology skills, exclusively using Apple-based hardware and software."
Happy, happy, joy, joy.
Labels: Apple ][ Forever
Mac Developer: Web host agrees to pay $1m after it’s hit by Linux-targeting ransomware | Ars Technica
Web host agrees to pay $1m after it’s hit by Linux-targeting ransomware | Ars Technica: "A Web-hosting service recently agreed to pay $1 million to a ransomware operation that encrypted data stored on 153 Linux servers and 3,400 customer websites, the company said recently."
Can you say diverse NOC ecosystem?
Mac Developer: AMD Vega 56 and Vega 64 GPUs destined for iMac Pro detailed in Linux driver
Labels: Apple ][ Forever
Mac Developer: Apple Airport not on latest 'Vault 7' list of gear susceptible to factory firmware hack by CIA
Apple Airport not on latest 'Vault 7' list of gear susceptible to factory firmware hack by CIA: "The latest dump of "leaked" documents from WikiLeaks reportedly from the CIA details the "Cherry Blossom" firmware modification program, which allowed intelligence agencies to change firmware in a networking company's factories —but Apple Airport hardware appears to be unaffected by the effort."
Dango tango wango!
Labels: 1984, security leak
Mac Developer: Soldiers bust massive click-farm that used 500k SIM cards, 100s of mobes to big up web tat • The Register
Mac Developer: The secret origin story of the iPhone - The Verge
The secret origin story of the iPhone - The Verge “WHEN I SAW THE RUBBER BAND, INERTIAL SCROLLING, AND A FEW OF THE OTHER THINGS, I THOUGHT, ‘MY GOD, WE CAN BUILD A PHONE OUT OF THIS.’ ”
Obviously, I have no idea if this is accurate but it's a great read.
Labels: 2001, Apple ][ Forever
Mac Developer: Developers Are Already Impressed With Apple's Augmented Reality Software - Motherboard
Developers Are Already Impressed With Apple's Augmented Reality Software - Motherboard: "At this year's annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple released a suite of augmented reality development tools, which it refers to as ARKit. It's only been out for a week, and already, it's being called a game changer. "
Also rich in superlatives and low-calorie. Personally, the amazeballs of Metal has given me reason to forgive Apple for Swift.
Labels: Apple vs. Apple
Mac Developer: Executable code allowed in iOS 11 apps for educational purposes, developer reference tools
Executable code allowed in iOS 11 apps for educational purposes, developer reference tools: "Apps designed to teach, develop, or test executable code may, in limited circumstances, download code provided that such code is not used for other purposes."
Mac Developer: Banking trojan executes when targets hover over link in PowerPoint doc | Ars Technica
Mac Developer: Intel fires warning shots at Microsoft, claims x86 emulation is a patent minefield | Ars Technica
Intel fires warning shots at Microsoft, claims x86 emulation is a patent minefield | Ars Technica: "Windows RT systems could not run any x86 applications. Windows 10 for ARM machines, however, will include a software-based x86 emulator that will provide compatibility with most or all 32-bit x86 applications."
You're in a maze of twisty passages all alike.
Mac Developer: Internet cameras have hard-coded password that can’t be changed | Ars Technica
Mac Developer: How a few yellow dots burned the Intercept’s NSA leaker | Ars Technica
How a few yellow dots burned the Intercept’s NSA leaker | Ars Technica: "The watermarks, shown in the image above—an enhancement of the scanned document The Intercept published yesterday—were from a Xerox Docucolor printer. Many printers use this or similar schemes, printing faint yellow dots in a grid pattern on printed documents as a form of steganography, encoding metadata about the document into its hard-copy output. "
A cautionary tale.
Mac Developer: Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft • The Register
Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft • The Register: "Kaspersky Lab has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft over allegations that Redmond is hobbling third-party antivirus software."
And who is going to argue that anti-virus features should not be baked into the operating system?
Mac Developer: You’ll never guess where Russian spies are hiding their control servers | Ars Technica
You’ll never guess where Russian spies are hiding their control servers | Ars Technica: "A Russian-speaking hacking group that, for years, has targeted governments around the world is experimenting with a clever new method that uses social media sites to conceal espionage malware once it infects a network of interest."
The hackers are smarter than you are.
Labels: security is hard
Mac Developer: Apple announces support for external graphics cards, virtual reality platforms in macOS High Sierra
Apple announces support for external graphics cards, virtual reality platforms in macOS High Sierra: "Introduced alongside Metal 2, Apple's next-generation graphics API, the forthcoming support fulfills a promise made when Thunderbolt ports were first included in Mac years ago. Specifically, Metal 2 includes new assets that work with external GPUs connected over Thunderbolt 3.
Hey look: a developer announcement!
Labels: Apple vs. Apple
Mac Developer: Goodness gracious, great Chinese 'Fireball' malware infects 250m systems worldwide • The Register
Mac Developer: Speaking in Tech: Hacking Microsoft Windows? That's cute • The Register
Mac Developer: Want to get your game on Steam? $100 is all you need | Ars Technica
Want to get your game on Steam? $100 is all you need | Ars Technica: "Valve announced today that anyone will be able to publish games on Steam through its previously announced Steam Direct program for "a $100 recoupable publishing fee per game.""
Let me say that I have been watching the evolution with steam with some interest and would much rather write to steam APIs than even, say Microsoft's new C# frameworks for macOS and iOS. Steam has solved the problem of platform API rot for themselves and it will be awesome if they share it with everyone else for $99.
Labels: mac app store
Mac Developer: Google prepares publishers for the release of Chrome ad-blocking | Ars Technica
Google prepares publishers for the release of Chrome ad-blocking | Ars Technica: "The Google ad-blocker will block all advertising on sites that have a certain number of "unacceptable ads," according to The Wall Street Journal. That includes ads that have pop-ups, auto-playing video, and "prestitial" count-down ads that delay the display of content."
Possibly falling into the don't bite the hand that feeds you
Labels: Adobe Flash, amazon vs. google vs. apple
Mac Developer: The Man Who Made the Mistake of Trying to Help Wikileaks - Motherboard
The Man Who Made the Mistake of Trying to Help Wikileaks - Motherboard: "Katz, now 36, tells Motherboard he made a single, failed attempt to crack the password. And WikiLeaks never ended up publishing the video. But Katz lost his job with a US government lab and, after an FBI raid at his work place, his apartment, and the home of his girlfriend's parents, he says the feds subpoenaed him to appear before a grand jury investigating Assange and WikiLeaks."
Land of the
Mac Developer: WikiLeaks says CIA’s “Pandemic” turns servers into infectious Patient Zero | Ars Technica
WikiLeaks says CIA’s “Pandemic” turns servers into infectious Patient Zero | Ars Technica: "Documentation that accompanied Thursday's release said that Pandemic is installed as a minifilter device driver. Jake Williams, a malware expert at Rendition InfoSec, told Ars that this means Pandemic would have to be signed by a valid digital certificate that was either bought or stolen by the operative, or it means the implant would have to be installed using an exploit that circumvented code-signing requirements. "
They have likely circumvented you!
Mac Developer: Android execs get technical talking updates, Project Treble, Linux, and more | Ars Technica
Android execs get technical talking updates, Project Treble, Linux, and more | Ars Technica: "Part of it is that we can see the scale, we kind of knew we were going to hit 2 billion users this year. Conveniently, we hit it before I/O. You start thinking about the scale of it, the impact of the product, and—it sounds grandiose, but—the responsibility you have to make sure it's good. For the release this year, rather than, "What are we releasing to make a phone good in 2017?," it was more like "What are we doing to Android to make sure Android is in a great place in the next 5 to 10 years?""
Could it mean bye-bye agile feature creep on all mobile devices? One can only hope...
Labels: security is hard
Mac Developer: Fragile Base Class
If you want to see an example of the fragile base class problem in action, just run one of the, I dunno, 20 or so Cocoa applications I wrote in Xcode (from 2007-present) on Sierra. I spent a lot of time ensuring they were bug-free on 10.6-10.10. Here's a hint: new design idiom, new base classes. Don't be trying to staple new underwear onto the baby.
For a comparand, I have 16-bit Windows applications I wrote in 1989 that still run in the WOW layer. This is why Microsoft rules the corporate desktop and no amount of clever advertising (throwing shade) is going to change that. Sadly.
But I guess you win some and you lose some: yesterday I learned that iMovie '11 runs perfectly on Sierra. For certain jobs, it's my tool of choice (4:3 small and fast m4v files).
Mac Developer: Fearing Shadow Brokers leak, NSA reported critical flaw to Microsoft | Ars Technica
Fearing Shadow Brokers leak, NSA reported critical flaw to Microsoft | Ars Technica: "Four weeks later, MS17-010 was released. And precisely 28 days after that, the Shadow Brokers published EternalBlue, DoublePulsar, and dozens more hacking tools."
Labels: security leak, security policy
Mac Developer: Security firm recovers iCloud Notes beyond Apple's 30-day deletion window
Security firm recovers iCloud Notes beyond Apple's 30-day deletion window: "Using a new version of its Phone Breaker tool, Russia's Elcomsoft said it was able to retrieve notes dating weeks, months, or years beyond Apple's 30-day window. In extreme cases, notes were retrieved from as far back as 2015."
NOTE TO SELF: Pen and paper.
Labels: software fail