MacServe News Apple still won't let iVPN in!

Apple still won't let iVPN in!

by MacServe

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Annoyingly, Apple have refused iVPN access into the Mac App Store again! Apparently, no app in the Store is allowed to ask the user for their password in order to access system files. As you can see here from one of the Mac App Store Review Guidelines...

2.27 Apps that request escalation to root privileges or use setuid attributes will be rejected

Well what use is that to nearly half the programs made for Mac? All those utilities that clean your Mac and back it up or change anything that would require your password aren't going to get in. Seriously Apple, you wanted the Mac App Store to be the one stop shop for all Mac apps, but you're not letting half of the actual useful ones in!

So, sorry to anyone hoping to see iVPN in the App Store, it doesn't look like it's gonna get in. Everyone blame Apple!

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Ruben Vargas 11:38 PM on April 4, 2011

Makes sense. Escalating to root privileges allows an App to do *ANYTHING* it wants. The level of sophistication required of the review process to actually prevent Malware from getting through would be a pain.

I for one have always hated stupid installers from all kinds of programs that have no business wanting my admin user password just to install. I have always preferred copy to Application folder installation. One example that particularly irks me is all the stupid Adobe Applications, not only does that stupid installer want root access, but the program executes hundreds of sub-installers, making it very hard to know what crap they're putting in my system, and their stupid auto-updater always puts that crap Adobe-pdf plug-in in my internet plug-ins folder every time.

I'll just have to get your program from your website. I really was holding off cause I was interested in Apple's keep your purchase history so I don't have one more license to keep track off.

You could make an all in one iDNS/iVPN Configurator for the App store. Make your program generate the necessary configuration files, and provide the user with the location to place them. You could even make your app have a menu option that opens the destination folder in the finder kind of like the Go to Folder menu in Apple. That way when a user drags and drops into a system folder they'll be prompted for their admin password by the Finder not by your program. Anyway, I would still buy it like that, I know how to configure the vpnd and bind manually, but a nice front end that does a good job is always welcome.

Stephen 8:14 PM on June 7, 2011

Forget the appstore then. How about the awesome alternative - Bodega

Ed 10:01 PM on July 31, 2011

Does iVPN support 10.7 Lion ?


MacServe Admin 3:28 PM on August 11, 2011

Thanks, I'll look into it :)

MacServe Admin 3:30 PM on August 11, 2011


Yes, iVPN fully supports Mac OS X Lion 10.7. It has been thoroughly tested without any problems. However, if you are planning on upgrading to Lion from Snow Leopard, please uninstall iVPN first as there can be some issues after upgrading. If you have already upgraded and are having problems, just reinstall iVPN and this should fix any problems you're having.

Charlie 1:22 PM on August 19, 2011

Can you run iVPN on Lion Server?

It would be great, as Apple's GUI for the VPN in Lion Server leaves a lot to be desired. Too many things now (even enabling pptp vpn) is now only able to be done via the command line.

MacServe Admin 12:01 AM on September 9, 2011

I can't guarantee that you won't have problems. However, as long as you only use iVPN or Lion Server's VPN service, you shouldn't have any problems. As always, if you do have any problems, I'll be happy to issue a refund within 60 days of your purchase.

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