[tor-talk] fresh TBB is damaged and can't be opened on Mac OS X

Matt Pagan matt at pagan.io
Sun Mar 30 20:58:09 UTC 2014

Roger Dingledine:
> On Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 12:50:49PM -0700, lee colleton wrote:
>> Trying to open TorBrowserBundle_en-US from
>> TorBrowserBundle-3.5.3-osx32_en-US.zip produces an error:
>> "TorBrowserBundle_en-US" is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it
>>> to the Trash.
>> What to do?
> First check the signature and see if you have a genuine accurate copy
> of TBB. 

If you still get the same message after verifying the signature of your
download [0], press the Control-key, then click on the Tor Browser
Bundle icon. Choose 'Open' from the shortcut menu, then click 'Open'.

The app is saved as an exception to your security settings, and you
will be able to open it in the future by double-clicking it, just
like any authorized app [1].

Apple's condition regarding signing applications are currently not
friendly at all to the security needs of a project like Tor. We will
hopefully resolve the issue at some point [2].

[0]: https://www.torproject.org/docs/verifying-signatures
[1]: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH14370?viewlocale=en_US
[2]: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/6540

Matt Pagan
matt at pagan.io
PGP: 0xE9284418E360583C

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