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Lapsed Apple certificate triggers massive Mac app fiasco

Gregg Keizer | Nov. 13, 2015
Affects most paid apps purchased from the Mac App Store; forces Mac owners to reboot, and delete-reinstall apps galore.

Craig Hockenberry, a partner at the development firm IconFactory, pointed out a similar issue in October 2013, and filed a bug report with Apple.

In a Thursday tweet, Haddad noted that the new certificate will expire on Oct. 23, 2017. "Hopefully, Apple fixes whatever caching issues by then," he said.

Haddad's advice for afflicted Mac users was to first reboot their machine, before going doing the delete-reinstall dance. "After a reboot OS X will grab a new receipt and that likely requires at least one log-in to your iTunes account," he said.

Apple did not immediately reply to questions about the snafu.


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