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#1 hmtinc



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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:32 PM

Gatekeeper is new update to apples core security system in mac os x . Which is planned to be implemented into 10.8 and newer updates of 10.7.
Gatekeeper when enabled will only allow apps with signed developer ids to be installed (unless user Give a exception).
So it is essential that all mac users with 10.7  and mac users who are going to get 10.8 mountain lion to know how to disable/ Enable Gate keeper so here is the instructions

Enable / Disable GateKeeper on
Mac OSX Lion 10.7.3

Yes if you didn't know already gatekeeper isn't just a feature in 10.8 it is actually already in the 10.7.3 version of lion.
But currently there isn't any graphical interface to enable / disable gate keeper. In the future apple may decide to add the preference pane into system settings.
For now the only way to enable / disable gate keeper on this version is to use terminal and here is how

1. make sure you are running 10.7.3 or higher
2. Launch Terminal And type etheir one of the below

Enable Gate Keeper Code (below)
sudo spctl --enable

Disable Gate Keeper Code (below)
sudo spctl --disable

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[Currently there is no applications on 10.7 that support gate keeper so be warned !!!!]

Enable / Disable GateKeeper on
Mac OSX Mountain Lion 10.8

1. Open System Preferences
2. Click Security
3. On the first tab on the bottom portion choose your option
- Anywhere = Gate keeper off
- App store and id dev = Gate keeper on with extra features
- App Store Only = Gate keeper on
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:04 AM

Interesting article.  I noticed spctl is published in the Apple Open Source archive, in the last security_systemkeychain package.

It's included in 10.7.3, but, for some odd reason (on my system at least), there isn't a corresponding man page.  The man page sources are available in the security_systemkeychain package though.  Here's the formatted page if anyone wants to look at it:


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#3 Christopher Ryan Cavender

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 06:43 AM

to disable gatekeeper you actually need to put in

sudo spctl --master-disable  

not  just

sudo spctl--disable

or you may get back

error: invalid API object reference

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 11:52 AM

So what the differents of keeping it on and turning it off, Sorry still new with these features here.
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