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A bug in macOS Ventura breaks third-party security tools

Updated on 2022-10-30: A bug in macOS Ventura breaks third-party security tools

For all the good Apple does with security, it massively lets itself down on the basics. Close towards the end of macOS Ventura’s development, Apple “accidentally introduced a flaw that cuts off third-party security products from the access they need to do their scans,” reports @lilyhnewman. The problem is that while there’s a workaround, many who upgrade their Macs to Ventura “may not realize that anything is amiss or have the information needed to fix the problem.” Yeah, that’s not good! Apple said it’ll fix the bug but won’t say when (read: Apple really doesn’t want anyone to notice). Security monitoring tools like antivirus engines need “full disk access,” and ensuring that the feature is working properly is easy, but critically, “once you know to do it.” It’s a shame when the only people who will get hurt by this are Mac users. Read more: Other security features: Rapid Security Response

Overview: Apple Plans Fix for macOS Ventura Bug that Disrupts Third-Party Security Tools

Apple says it will fix an issue in macOS Ventura that renders third party security tools unable to access resources necessary to operate. The issue affects the macOS Ventura beta version that was released on October 11. There is a workaround available. Apple says that the problem will be resolved in the next macOS software update.


  • Essentially the full disk access privilege gets revoked for security tools. The fix was intended to prevent attackers from gaining the access they needed to operate. If affected, you need to unlock the preferences, revoke the privilege explicitly, lock the preferences, then repeat granting the privilege this time. This doesn’t impact enterprise systems pushing Ventura updates via their MDM.


Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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