[Openmcl-devel] Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps - Slashdot

Andrew Shalit ashalit at learningtouch.com
Mon Nov 7 08:30:13 PST 2011

Apple has already started sandboxing their applications.  As others have noted, Preview and Textedit (and maybe Safari) are sandboxed in Lion.  Many people think sandboxing is just a good general programming practice.  There's no reason to distinguish their own apps.

For the record, I think the current entitlements are too limited, but I like the idea of sandboxing in general.  The current work is being driven by Ivan Krstić.  I saw him give a talk to the Boston Lisp group a couple of years ago, before he was working at Apple, and I was very impressed.  For anyone who has access to the Apple Dev Center, I highly recommend watching his videos on this stuff.   There more to it than just boxing in apps.

On Nov 7, 2011, at 10:53 AM, Tom Emerson wrote:

> I'm a bit confused by the question: the whole point of the sandbox is to minimize the detrimental impact of a rogue third-party application on a user's computer. Presumably there is an implicit trust between Apple and its users (i.e., I trust that Apple-authored software is not going to install a virus or otherwise attempt to steal information) that does not exist with third parties.
> So why would anyone expect them to eat this particular bowl of dogfood?
> This isn't to support the draconian sandbox rules they have in place: I think the currently stated rules are ridiculous.
> On Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:22 AM, Andrew Shalit <ashalit at learningtouch.com> wrote:
> > So what about XCode and Lion - they won't be sold via the appstore anymore?
> >
> > [To be more precise: Will Apple play by the same rules they set for others?]
> Many people have asked this question and so far there is no answer.
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