How to get a “codesigned” gdb on OS X?

Very interesting problem,  I wanted to run gdb on my mac but i was not able to to run it.  Because it was not codeSigned . Here’s the solution.

The Darwin Kernel requires the debugger to have special permissions before it is allowed to control other processes. These permissions are granted by codesigning the GDB executable. Without these permissions, the debugger will report error messages such as:

Starting program: /x/y/foo
Unable to find Mach task port for process-id 28885: (os/kern) failure (0x5).
 (please check gdb is codesigned - see taskgated(8))

Codesigning requires a certificate. The following procedure explains how to create one:

(Note ) : I tried many times creating certificate for gdb, basic problem was while creating certificate, Please Create certificate for “System” not for “login” that is main problem. 

  • Start the Keychain Access application (in /Applications/Utilities/Keychain
  • Select the Keychain Access -> Certificate Assistant -> Create a Certificate… menu
  • Then:
    • Choose a name for the new certificate (this procedure will use “gdb-cert” as an example)
    • Set “Identity Type” to “Self Signed Root”
    • Set “Certificate Type” to “Code Signing”
    • Activate the “Let me override defaults” option
  • Click several times on “Continue” until the “Specify a Location For The Certificate” screen appears, then set “Keychain” to “System”
  • Click on “Continue” until the certificate is created
  • Finally, in the view, double-click on the new certificate, and set “When using this certificate” to “Always Trust”
  • Exit the Keychain Access application and restart the computer (this is unfortunately required)

Once a certificate has been created, the debugger can be codesigned as follow. In a Terminal, run the following command…

codesign -f -s  "gdb-cert"  <gnat_install_prefix>/bin/gdb

… where “gdb-cert” should be replaced by the actual certificate name chosen above, and should be replaced by the location where you installed GNAT.