Several completely legitimate software programs, such as the Amazon Music player or printer drivers, are causing a number of users to pull their hair out. Their Macs believe that it is malware and display rather anxiety-provoking alerts, like the one below. macOS recommends deleting a file or even the entire application, although this software has not been a problem until now.
Thomas Reed de Malwarebytes
a rise in testimonials and cases of macOS mistaking bladders for lanterns. The processes involved for the moment indeed concern Amazon Music, but also pilots (inkjet3.driver and inkjet1.driver), le framework Matterhorn et ProductImprovementStudy.hptask. The first case dates back to this Thursday and since then it has been escalation.
We're seeing a significant influx of support cases where users are seeing macOS identify what appear to be legit processes as malware, exactly what is being reported here:https://t.co/vPojXGukzp— Thomas Reed (@thomasareed) October 23, 2020
Originally, the hypothesis of a badly mouthed update of Xprotect, the anti-malware built into macOS (whose database is regularly refreshed by Apple) was holding the rope. But it would rather be a certificate signing expiration issue, reports EclecticLight which demonstrates this with an HP printer driver. Small oddity, the alert no longer appears with High Sierra and previous systems because they are based on another certificate revocation database.
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