Some Mac App Store Apps 'Damaged' Due to Expired Security Certificate

A growing number of MacRumors readers and Twitter users have been experiencing an issue with some Mac App Store apps displaying a "damaged" error when opened since late Wednesday. The issue has affected popular apps such as 1Password, Acorn, Byword, DaisyDisk and Tweetbot.

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Mac App Store apps with a "damaged" error (Image: Graham/Twitter)

Mac users are prompted with this error message when opening Mac App Store apps:

“App Name” is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete “App Name” and download it again from the App Store.

Tweetbot developer Paul Haddad tweeted that the issue appears to be related to security certificates that expired on November 11, 2015, and he further speculated that the receipts now using SHA256 encryption may be causing problems with older OS X versions.

The issue, however, also appears to affect some users running OS X El Capitan, leading Haddad to believe that Mac App Store apps contacting Apple's servers simultaneously may be causing a "self inflicted DDOS on Apple’s receipt generation service."

Haddad says that rebooting your Mac on OS X 10.10 or later may resolve the issue, while some users have been forced to reinstall apps from the Mac App Store, disconnect from and reopen the Mac App Store or simply reenter their Apple ID password.

It appears that Apple has since set a new 2035 expiration date for the security certificates, per The Guardian, at least some for apps, but the issues are persisting for some. Apple did not respond to request for comment.

Update: Rene Ritchie at iMore has further explained what's causing Mac apps to report as "damaged" and what can be done about it.

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Razeus Avatar
111 months ago
Welcome to Tim Cook's Apple...

It Just Works is a thing of the past.
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pianojoe Avatar
111 months ago
Now, this is embarrassing.
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lysingur Avatar
111 months ago
I'm actually kind of glad that Apple isn't planning on making any cars. Oh, wait...
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Tiger8 Avatar
111 months ago
I said it before and I say it again, Apple is falling behind in the software department. The number of bugs seems to increase with every release for either OSX or iOS. They still haven't resolved the iCloud backup issue, they should be embarrassed.
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canesalato Avatar
111 months ago
And Scott Forstall was kicked out because he didn't apologize for Maps?
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konqerror Avatar
111 months ago
This is yet another Apple services fail. What happens if you're outside of Internet access, say you're going to give a presentation?

The cert is valid for 5 years, so they should make the system automatically refresh when the cert has a year or even 6 months left to go.

Even Microsoft's DRM is better than Apple's. For time-limited (corporate) activation, it starts trying to contact the activation server after a month, but will let you go 6 months without locking you out.
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