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Apple Pushes Back Deadline for Sandboxing OS X Apps

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February 23, 2012, 1:51PM

Apple Pushes Back Deadline for Sandboxing OS X Apps

by Dennis Fisher

Apple has pushed back the deadline for developers to include a sandbox in all of the apps on the Mac App Store, giving them a reprieve until June 1. The deadline was set for March 1, but Apple has changed it in order to give developers more time to work with the new requirements.

Apple originally informed developers about the new requirements for sandboxing back in November and set the March 1 deadline, giving them about four months to adapt. The Mac App Store first was introduced in early 2011, and it's meant to be the OS X analog to the iTunes App Store, allowing users to download software from a central source. Unlike the iPhone app store, the Mac App Store isn't the sole source for OS X applications, at least not yet. But Apple is introducing some of the same requirements for that store that it has with the iTunes store.

"The vast majority of Mac users have been free from malware and we're working on technologies to help keep it that way. As of March 1, 2012 all apps submitted to the Mac App Store must implement sandboxing. Sandboxing your app is a great way to protect systems and users by limiting the resources apps can access and making it more difficult for malicious software to compromise users' systems," Apple officials said at the time of the original announcement.

More here: https://threatpost.c...s-x-apps-022312

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