Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Oct 2006 15:15 UTC
"With the advent of Intel-based Macintosh computers, Apple was faced with a new requirement: to make it non-trivial to run Mac OS X on non-Apple hardware. The 'solution' to this 'problem' is multifaceted. One important aspect of the solution involves the use of encrypted executables for a few key applications like the Finder and the Dock. Apple calls such executables apple-protected binaries. In this document, we will see how Apple-protected binaries work in Mac OS X."