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Apple falsely approves malware disguised as Flash, new report found

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According to a new report, Apple has endorsed popular malware that accidentally disguised itself as an update to run Adobe Flash Player on macOS.

According to security researcher Patrick Wardle, Apple has approved an app that contains code used by a well-known malware called Shlayer. Shlayer is a Trojan downloader that spreads through fake applications and attacks users with an influx of adware. Shlayer is the most common threat announced in 2019 by Mac, cybersecurity and antivirus company Kaspersky.

Apple announced the macOS notarization process in 2019

Following the debut of the new notarization process, Woldle said it was the first time Apple had ever accidentally noticed notarized malware. Apple announced the notarization process for macOS in 2019. All apps, even if distributed outside the Mac App Store, require Apple review and developer signing before they can run on macOS.

After discovering the malware, Wardle contacted Apple and the company deactivated the developer account associated with the app and revoked its certification. Although the attacker reportedly succeeded in notifying the malware again, Apple told TechCrunch that both old and new malware had been decertified.

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