Apple Again Encouraging Mac Developers to Sign Up for Developer ID Ahead of OS X Mountain Lion

Apple today sent out an email encouraging Mac developers to sign up for the company's Developer ID program so that their apps can be properly signed ahead of the launch of OS X Mountain Lion later this year. Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper feature gives users the ability to set limits on app installation, with the new "Developer ID" program providing a middle ground of security by which developers can certify that they are the developer behind a given application package.

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Should the developer be found to behave maliciously, Apple will be able to revoke the Developer ID associated with that developer, preventing applications signed with the ID from running and causing further harm to users.

The Mac App Store is the safest place for users to get software for their Mac, but we also want to protect users when they get applications from other places. Gatekeeper is a new feature in OS X Mountain Lion that helps protect users from downloading and installing malicious software. Signing your applications, plug-ins, and installer packages with a Developer ID certificate lets Gatekeeper verify that they are not known malware and have not been tampered with.

This marks the second such mass emailing to encourage adoption of Developer ID among the Mac developer community, as Apple sent out a similar mailing back in late February following its announcement of OS X Mountain Lion. The next major operating system is due for public launch in "late summer" and will undoubtedly be a featured topic at Apple's sold-out Worldwide Developers Conference in early June.

Top Rated Comments

Tinyluph Avatar
131 months ago
Gate keeper? Seems eerily like some MS product.



What I thought of when I saw that graphic...
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RoboCop001 Avatar
131 months ago
Image (http://img2.findthebest.com/sites/default/files/259/media/images/Microsoft_Security_Essentials_2012_Anti-Virus_Software.jpg)

What I thought of when I saw that graphic...
Except that Apple's makes more sense from a castle design perspective. They didn't have windows covering the front enterance back then! :D
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GenesisST Avatar
131 months ago
We all know that this will come as a huge surprised to some developers when ML is released, won't it?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Flitzy Avatar
131 months ago
Nope. You are either missing the point, or simply spinning the Apple talking points.

It is in fact very likely that Gatekeeper is another step in creating an iOS walled garden on our desktops, where only apps approved by Apple will be allowed on our "stock" Macs.

And this is NOT a good thing.

I actually jumped to Android precisely because I got tired of jailbreaking my iPhones so that I can tether, or use them on TMobile (once I realized how much better/cheaper it is than AT&T).

Sounds like you've been using the "jump to conclusion" mat again.

It is not one step closer, Mac is not iOS.
You can still install any apps.
Stop jumping to absurd conclusions.

And congratulations on going to an inferior phone/mobile operating system.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Negritude Avatar
131 months ago
I fully support this, but I have one MAJOR concern:

Will developers be able to sign apps with a free developer account?

My main concern is that signing will be limited to paid developer accounts, and this will create an unfair class structure where many small, independent developers, who create some of the best tools on OS X, many of them free or donationware, will have to keep forking over money just so they can become a part of the new, more secure OS X ecosystem.

I sincerely hope that is not what happens.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pdjudd Avatar
131 months ago
PS : Feel free to post a link to where Apple provide a cast iron guarantee about this not happening.

I never said anything about a cast iron guarantee. I nearly stated that they have said several times that the MAS is not going to be the only method to get apps. And really, in real life there is no cast iron guarantee. Apple can promise whatever they want and violate it tomorrow. I just know that they aren’t that dumb to do that in this instance.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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