macOS Big Sur 11.2 Beta 2 removes the feature that allows Apple apps to bypass third-party firewalls and VPNs

macOS Big Sur 11.2 beta 2, which was released yesterday, does away with a feature that allowed Apple apps to bypass third-party firewalls, security tools, and VPN apps, according to reports from ZDNet and security researcher Patrick Wardle.

‌MacOS Big Sur‌ 11 included a ContentFilterExclusionList that allows Apple apps like the App Store, Maps, iCloud and more to avoid firewalls and VPN apps that users had installed. These apps were unable to filter or inspect traffic for some integrated Apple apps.

Security researchers believed that the feature, discovered last October, posed a serious security risk as malware could be designed to attach to a legitimate Apple app and bypass security software. Users who had VPN installed also risked exposing their real IP address and location to Apple’s apps.

Omg we made it! 🤩 Thanks to community feedback (and ya, bad press) Apple decided to remove ContentFilterExclusionList (in 11.2 beta 2) It means socket filtered firewalls (e.g. LuLu) can now …

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