macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta 2 removes filter that lets Apple apps bypass third-party firewalls

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Back in November, some developers raised concerns due to a change in macOS Big Sur, which allowed Apple apps to bypass firewall filters in any situation. Since this could lead to security and privacy breaches, Apple has removed this list of exceptions from macOS Big Sur 11.2. After some macOS apps didn't work due to […]
Back in November, some developers raised concerns due to a change in macOS Big Sur, which allowed Apple apps to bypass firewall filters in any situation. Since this could lead to security and privacy breaches, Apple has removed this list of exceptions from macOS Big Sur 11.2.

After some macOS apps didn't work due to a outage in Apple's servers on the launch day of Big Sur, developers tried to block the system from communicating with these servers but they found out that Apple forced its official apps to have full access to the network even with a firewall configured.

An internal file has been added on macOS Big Sur with something called "ContentFilterExclusionList," which is a list of several Apple apps and services that can bypass any firewall installed on the…
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