This week, Apple has announced its upcoming macOS 10,12.1 update for the Mac that is expected to introduce a new security feature that Apple has been calling “backdoor code.”
The new feature, codenamed “Apple Guard,” will allow a user to turn on the “Restricted Mode” feature of the operating systems settings, but it’s not yet known if the feature will be enabled on the Mac Pro, Mac Mini, or Mac Mini Pro models that are compatible with the software.
Apple has been teasing the new security update for some time now, but we only know about the first public public appearance of the new feature when it was announced at its September 10 event.
This week’s announcement came after Apple officially released the OS to the public on September 15.
Apple’s announcement of the Apple Guard feature was accompanied by the release of macOS 10 10.10.3, macOS 10:12.3 (also known as 10.11.5), and macOS 10 (which is now known as macOS 10), which Apple said would be the final OS for the company’s Mac Pro line of desktop computers.
Apple did not provide any details about what the new backdoor feature would do, but the OS developer preview that Apple released on Monday included the following information about the new backdoor:The Apple Guard backdoors feature allows a user or device to disable security features such as the “Force Close” feature on a system that is not a Mac Pro or Mac mini, but that is compatible with macOS 10 and is able to install a custom firmware that allows it to access the “System Preferences” folder.
Apple does not make any public statements about backdoors and how they can be used.
However, a previous rumor said that Apple had an undisclosed backdoor for macOS 10 that could allow a device to bypass the Secure Enclave (SEL) feature on Macs that were not macOS Pro or macOS Mini.
The macOS 10 backdoors, if they were implemented, would enable a user on a Mac to circumvent the Secure Encryption (SEC) feature that would otherwise prevent the system from logging data that is encrypted with the Secure Hash function.
The feature has been used in the past to bypass encryption on iPhones, but its functionality is still limited.
The idea behind using backdoors is that a compromised system could potentially be able to perform a brute force attack on a secure network, such as a website or a company’s servers, which would allow the attacker to gain access to the data.
The Mac Pro will be available for purchase in the United States and Canada starting tomorrow, and will cost $1,399 (roughly $1.49 per month) for a Core i7-6850U (16GB RAM), 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD.