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“Google’s Macintosh Operations team have been working on a security application destined for Apple’s OS X ecosystem and has managed to attract the attention of the open-source community in the process,” Charlie Osborne reports for ZDNet. “Dubbed ‘Santa,’ the tool is a binary whitelisting and blacklisting tool for macOS. The software consists of a ‘kernel extension that monitors for executions, a userland daemon that makes execution decisions based on the contents of a SQLite database, a GUI agent that notifies the user in case of a block decision and a command-line utility for managing the system and synchronizing the database with a server,’ according to the project’s page.”
“‘It is named Santa because it keeps track of binaries that are naughty or nice,’ Google’s team says,” Osborne reports. “As noted by The Register, both individual and mass-deployments are being kept in mind, as the Santa platform allows admins to manage a single accepted-and-rejected binary database.”
Osborne reports, “The security software is hosted on GitHib for people interested in poking around the code or setting up initial installations.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Certainly sounds like it could be a useful tool, especially for stopping people from downloading, trusting, and installing malware on their Macs.