Users took to social media to complain about slow systems with one report pointing to an OCSP responder as the culprit.
Apple was forced to issue a statement Monday on its data collection policies after the release last week of Big Sur led to complaints of slow systems, which morphed into a larger debate about privacy on Macs and iPhones. The release stated the process is part of its efforts to protect users from malware.
Apple released macOS Big Sur on Nov. 12 and hours later, hundreds of people took to social media to complain about problems they were having with certain applications on their Macs. Security expert Phil Vachon explained what happened on his blog Security Embedded, writing that an Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) responder checking certificates of each and every application was to blame after an Apple server went down.
Vachon said that in an effort to protect users and customers from malware, Apple uses an OCSP responder so that “at every launch of an app, macOS would dutifully check if the certificate used by the signer