Archive for February 15, 2016

Certificate expiration and downloaded Mac App Store installers

February 15, 2016 3 comments

Mac admins who have previously downloaded installers from the Mac App Store may be seeing some of those installers displaying warning messages and/or failing to install as of this morning.

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This behavior is now appearing because the certificate Apple had been using to digitally sign installers for MAS apps has recently expired.

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Apple is handling the issue on their end by reissuing installers, which are signed with an updated certificate that expires on February 7, 2023. If a needed application with the correct version is still available from the MAS, the easiest fix may be to re-download the installer from the MAS. The newly-downloaded installer will be signed with the new certificate.

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In the case of applications where the needed version is no longer available from the MAS, or the application itself is no longer available, there are two ways to handle this issue:

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