PowerBroker for Mac 1.3: Support for Mac OS Sierra and More

Jason Silva, February 1st, 2017

PowerBroker for Mac 1.3

We are pleased to announce the availability of PowerBroker for Mac version 1.3. This release provides additional platform support with the addition of Mac OS Sierra, as well as other important enhancements. Read on to learn what’s new.

Sierra Support

With version 1.3, PowerBroker for Mac now offers support for OS Sierra. This provides parity functionality with previously supported versions of the OS, and enables organizations to confidently and securely adopt the latest OS version without the risk of excessive user privileges.

Passive Rule Support

PowerBroker for Mac version 1.3 now offers a Passive rule action. Passive rules are used to ensure an application can be executed, even from within an otherwise ‘denied’ folder. This new capability enhances the included Application Control (Deny Rule) capabilities of the product. For a representation of this new capability, please see the screenshot below.

Note: This feature requires the PowerBroker Editor v7.2.1 or higher.

‘Run Elevated’ Menu Option

The Run Elevated menu option is now enabled by default for all users. With version 1.3, administrators will no longer need to manually enable the option under Keyboard-Shortcuts-Services to allow users access to the Shell Rule.

Elevating Installers (.app)

As part of some application installers, the user is asked to drag and drop the application into the ./Applications folder. In previous versions of PowerBroker for Mac this action was not allowed as part of the elevation. However, version 1.3 now allows for this action, making elevated installs more seamless for your end-users.

For more on this release – including additional features and enhancements, check out the What’s New overview.