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Outlook binary patching and signing

Simple shell script to quickly and easily force Outlook 2016 for Mac out of sandbox.

More info here.

See the script in action here.

echo "Patching old binary... "
cd "/Applications/Microsoft"
hexdump -ve '1/1 "%.2X"' "Microsoft Outlook" | \
sed "s/73616E64626F783C2F6B65793E0A093C747275652F3E/73616E64626F783C2F6B65793E0A093C66616C732F3E/g" | \
xxd -r -p > "Microsoft Outlook.patched"
# hexdump -> creates hex dump of the binary executable
# sed -> replaces 'sandbox</key><true/>' with 'sandbox</key><fals/>' in the hex dump
# xxd -> rebuilds the edited hex dump back into executable binary
chmod `stat -f %A "Microsoft Outlook"` "Microsoft Outlook.patched"
# copies permissions from the original binary to the patched binary
mv "Microsoft Outlook" ~/Desktop/Microsoft\ Outlook.bak
# backs up the original executable
mv "Microsoft Outlook.patched" "Microsoft Outlook"
echo "Done!"
echo ""
echo "Proceed with signing the new binary:"
echo "sudo codesign -f -s \"CERIFICATE NAME HERE\" /Applications/Microsoft\"
# After the binary is successfully patched, sign it with the above command
echo ""
echo "Then verify that signing finished properly:"
echo "sudo codesign -v /Applications/Microsoft\"
# Verify the signature. If everything went smoothly, you won't get any output from the above command
# More info: https://ツ.sh/move-profile-folder-location-in-outlook-2016-for-mac/
# @jansoucek 2015
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Dear Jan, while I managed to follow your instructions (moving the Outlook-folder to an external SSD and creating a SymLink instead of the Alias, that I did at first), when I open Outlook for Mac, it does not show me any of my accounts, meaning, I would have to start from Zero. And when I open the Outlook Profile Manager, it does not show me any of my profiles, neither "Main" nor the one, that I created and used ... and are now sitting on my external SSD. I do appreciate your work and thank you for it, but maybe there is/was something missing in your instructions? Kind regards, Alexander.

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Addendum, just FYI, if that helps: I just checked, that when I opened Outlook for Mac, there were two new files created in my (original) UBF8......Office-Folder: MicrosoftRegistrationDB.reg and OutlookProfile.plist. Maybe that helps you to let me know, what I might have done wrong or what might be missing in your instructions. Thanks again, Alexander.

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