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Application allow-listing

(also allowlisting, application whitelisting)

Application allow-listing definition

Application allow-listing is a list of applications that are allowed to exist or perform any actions on a device. They follow a particular set of conditions that they must always meet to be able to operate. They are used to prevent malware and unauthorized software from performing any actions on a device.

See also: blocklist

Application allow-listing attributes

  • File path. All applications and files in that path or the whole directory are allowed to run.
  • File size. Only applications that are a particular size are allowed to run.
  • File name. Application has to have a particular name to be able to run. Like file path and size, this attribute is easy to fake.
  • Process. Applications must follow a predetermined process to be allowed to run.