Apple warned macOS developers in June that all Mac apps that are signed with a Developer ID would also need to be 'notarized' by Apple. Apple promised this would enable a "more streamlined Gatekeeper interface" when users download macOS apps from the web.
During the public beta for macOS Catalina some LibreOffice users noticed that Apple's GateKeeper warnings had the potential to scare users off. "'LibreOfficeDec.app' can't be opened because its integrity cannot be verified," the alert reads, with two options: Move to Bin or Cancel.
While LibreOffice version 6.2 was not notarized, the latest 6.3 version apparently has been. However, users are still getting the GateKeeper alert with the additional warning that "macOS cannot verify that is app is free from malware", according to LibreOffice.
"Although we have duly followed the instructions, when users launch LibreOffice 6.3.x – which has been notarized by Apple – the system shows the following scary message: 'LibreOffice.app cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified', and provides only two options: Move to Bin (delete) and Cancel (revert the operation, ie, do not run LibreOffice)," writes LibreOffice's Italo Vignoli.
To bypass the message, LibreOffice recommends user right-click the mouse on the LibreOffice icon. Then macOS Catalina will show a less alarming message: "macOS cannot verify the developer of LibreOffice.app. Are you sure you want to open it?".
The other way to resolve the issue is to click Cancel on the first alert, and then open System Preferences > Security & Privacy and then click on the Open Anyway button next to the message that the "App was blocked because it is not from an identified developer".
As for Apple's notarization, app developer Jeff Johnson recently explained that the key security benefit comes from the requirement that developers use their Apple ID and password for their developer account to submit the app to Apple for notarization.