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How to prevent/block Apple's newly introduced "silent updates"?

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:11 pm
by WESTBERLIN
Dear all,

yesterday morning I was greeted on my Mac by a new iTunes version (12.7), that I had neither ever downloaded, nor installed at all. This nightmare update completely removed all iOS app management functions, ringtones management, and more. Via the terminal I was able to delete this unwanted version, download the last 12.6 version from the net and re-install. This time I unchecked the "Searching for updated" box in iTunes preferences, and tried to stay as calm as possible when I had to set up a new iTunes/iCloud account passwort plus generate new passwords for apps like FantastiCal, that use app-dependent iCloud passwords :x

Still, after last night's sleep, this morning I realized the same has happened once again! I'm deeply shocked that Apple these days apparently can delete data on my local machine just as they please. I certainly never gave them permission for that!

My question now is: does anybody know how, via LittleSnitch, I can prevent this 1984 scenario? I can imagine that this is just the beginning and Apple will in the future carry on to update and delete their applications on our machines just as they wish.

Thanks very much in advance, greetings from Berlin

Re: How to prevent/block Apple's newly introduced "silent updates"?

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:23 pm
by Greg Jones
You should not need LS to prevent this. The macOS settings for auto downloading and installing updates are in System Preferences>App Store, and I suspect that you have some options set to auto update.

Re: How to prevent/block Apple's newly introduced "silent updates"?

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:35 pm
by WESTBERLIN
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Re: How to prevent/block Apple's newly introduced "silent updates"?

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:43 pm
by WESTBERLIN
Greg Jones wrote:You should not need LS to prevent this. The macOS settings for auto downloading and installing updates are in System Preferences>App Store, and I suspect that you have some options set to auto update.

Thanks for the quick reply! Actually i only have the first two boxes checked ("Automatically check for updates" & "Download available updates in the background – you will be notified , as soon as updates are ready for install). That means that it was always up to me to decide whether I wanted anything installed. Besides, although I had this checked I aways had to start downloads (that were shown as available in the App Store app) by myself. It never before occured on my machine that an app was already downloaded and I was only asked to install. But, as written earlier, this time Apple just went all the way and downloaded deleted and installed completely without any permission, let alone intervention by myself :(

Re: How to prevent/block Apple's newly introduced "silent updates"?

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:44 pm
by Greg Jones
I've never had this happen that I'm aware of, but the only option I have checked is Auto check for updates. Could be a bug in the App Store preference, perhaps you are running the High Sierra beta? Either way, I'd suggest unchecking everything if you want to maintain complete control over what and when an update is installed.

I usually launch the App Store.app every day or two anyway to manually check for updates, so I'll probably unselect auto check for updates myself.

Re: How to prevent/block Apple's newly introduced "silent updates"?

Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:50 pm
by WESTBERLIN
yeah, just like you i also check the app store very regularly, i guess the only reason i had ticked the check for updates box was that I liked the idea of seeing that there's new updates when clicking on the apple in the upper left of the screen and seeing the number of available updates next to the entry 'app store...' without having opened the app itself — but this feature only worked in like 5% of all cases anyway, so you're right, i should just uncheck all boxes now! really hope this will prevent apple from overriding my wishes for autonomy when it come to updates on my machine in the future...