November 13, 2020 | 10:30

Example for Digital Sovereignty

What a pity, this is exactly the scenario I first expected for Microsoft. But I’m not really surprised that Apple is now ahead, what happened?

The ocsp.apple.com server was apparently down and/or unreachable between yesterday and today1. Unfortunately macOS tries to reach it every time an app is opened to check if a certificate has expired2 or an app has been retracted or some more magic. Of course this is not transparent, closed-source and therefore not verifiable.

The fact that an Apple device can be offline is taken into account and considered as “soft failure”. However, a failure by Apple itself seems to be quite an impossibility and is obviously not considered.

The result is an illustrative example for digital sovereignty: Now the expensive piece of aluminium can only be used as a warming plate for the cat:

Cat on Mac

By the way: Those who use a personal firewall like LitteSnitch3 or a real one like ipfire.org4 can continue to work normally. But no guarantee that this will work in the long run. For sure there are some time limits and undocumented features.


  1. https://nitter.net/lapcatsoftware/status/1326990296412991489 ↩︎

  2. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_Certificate_Status_Protocol ↩︎

  3. https://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html ↩︎

  4. https://ipfire.org/ ↩︎

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