Archive for the 'Apple' Category

Permanently Unhide Library

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

When Apple shipped Mac OS X Lion 10.7, the “Library” folder located within every user’s home folder, which had previously been visible to users in the Finder, was made invisible. To access the Library folder, users must now hold down the option key while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder. This is probably a […]

The Sandbox’s Big Red Button

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

If you’ve been following the debate surrounding Apple’s Application Sandbox, you know that many developers are concerned about the implications for existing apps of adopting the sandbox. Apple has been threatening for almost a year that apps for sale in the Mac App Store will need to embrace the Application Sandbox, or else further updates […]

Secure Password Storage

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Tony Arcieri urges developers storing user-sensitive data, such as a passwords, not to use bcrypt (via Michael Tsai) for deriving the encryption key: The first cipher I’d suggest you consider besides bcrypt is PBKDF2. It’s ubiquitous and time-tested with an academic pedigree from RSA Labs, you know, the guys who invented much of the cryptographic […]

Developer ID Gotcha

Monday, March 19th, 2012

For the upcoming Gatekeeper feature in Mac OS X 10.8, Apple will make it easy for customers to prevent software from running that has not been digitally “signed” by developers with a certificate from Apple called the Developer ID certificate. Many developers already choose to sign software using self-generated signing certificates. I wrote many years […]