[Openmcl-devel] Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps - Slashdot
ashalit at learningtouch.com
Mon Nov 7 16:30:13 UTC 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.
> Tom Emerson
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