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I am experiencing the same issue mentioned in "" to accept incoming network connections? but have a question about the files that iTunes creates, which cause this issue.

I have the Firewall turned on in Lion and every time I open iTunes it asks me if I want to allow incoming connections. The solution seems to be:

Go into the iTunes package and delete all of the files that this terminal command flags as a "resource added":

$ codesign -vvv /Applications/

When you rerun the terminal command, it will indicate that now "satisfies its Designated Requirement" and the annoying popup should go away.

However my question is: What are these files iTunes creates and is it safe to delete them? I would like to understand what I am deleting before I just do it. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Have you read: If Mac code signing is tampered with, what might fail? – slhck Oct 25 '11 at 17:48
Thanks for the link. So re-signing obviously could break something else. So I either have to disable firewall, live with the constant question or re-install iTunes. The thing I don't get is I just did a clean Lion install and updated iTunes. I have never tampered with it so I don't see why the firewall is doing this. – wonbyte Oct 25 '11 at 18:05
It won't really break anything. What I'm wondering: Which files are listed in your case as "resource added"? I also don't see why this would appear out of the blue, but who knows? (I'm not the biggest expert on application security on OS X though) – slhck Oct 25 '11 at 18:11
i'll run the codesign --verify -vv /Applications/ tonight and report back what "resources it adds". – wonbyte Oct 25 '11 at 18:15

This solution didn't work for me, but fortunately I found another way: deleting the whole contents folder and then reinstalling iTunes (in Mountain Lion). I have a longer explanation with pictures posted on my blog if it helps:

If you adjusted your Mountain Firewall accordingly, i.e., you added iTunes to it, you should not experience this issue. However, for some unknown reason this issue still occurs for many people. A quick solution is simply going to the “Applications” folder, right-click on “”, and click on “Show package contents”. Now, delete the “Contents” folder, which eventually shows up. Next, go to and download the newest version of iTunes. After the reinstalling it, the problem should be solved.

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