News Highlights: Apple drops the “exclusion list” allowing its own apps to bypass firewalls
The latest beta of macOS Big Sur has reportedly removed the contentious ability for Apple’s own apps to bypass firewalls and hide their network usage.
Apple’s release of the macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta seems to show that the company is dropping a controversial network feature. In the current public version of Big Sur, 56 of Apple’s own apps and system processes can use the Internet, even if a user has blocked all access with a firewall.
Adding to the controversy is that when those apps do have access to the internet, they do so without a user or network traffic apps being able to track or report on them. Apple did this in part because of the Gatekeeper security system.
When a user opens an app, macOS calls home to verify that this app is as it was authorized when the developer sent it to Apple. The idea is that if malware has been added Gatekeeper can detect it and stop the app from starting.
However, this has led to issues like the serious problems users had when macOS Big Sur …
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