Mac OS X is a series of Unix-based graphical interface operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc.

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Are Macs more secure if they have the latest security updates and OS? As opposed to the previous OS version with latest security updates?

For example, is El Capitan more secure than Yosemite with the latest security updates?
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Why is Firewire a bigger threat than USB?

This question notes that a person briefly connected an Android device to an Apple computer via USB, and one comment indicates that it would "quite possibly" be a risk: In theory, yes, in practice, ...
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Am I at risk if I let someone charge their Android phone from my MacBook through a micro USB cable?

Someone connected their Android phone to my MacBook and it made me think if this has put my MacBook at risk. It was for 3 seconds and I was in control of the MacBook the whole time.
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Secure way to store openconnect password?

I'm running OpenConnect on my MacOS (10.11 El Capitan) box to access my university VPN servers which run Cisco AnyConnect. The Cisco AnyConnect app has a clunky GUI which doesn't store the password ...
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On a Mac running OSX, can I tell whether files have been deleted, and if so, when?

At this stage I'm not interested in recovering any file, just to find out a) whether any files have been deleted in the past x months, and if so, b) when were they deleted? Bit of a follow up ...
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Securing Macbooks in an Enterprise Environment [closed]

I have been looking online at different forums/websites but was not able to find a direct answer. Does a checklist/process or software exist to secure Macbook computers in a enterprise environment( ...
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If I encrypt my Mac hard drive using File Vault, does it also encrypt deleted data? [duplicate]

Or is the data that was deleted before the encryption process vulnerable to recovery?
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Isn't OS X's Single-User Mode a bad idea?

Recently, I had a Mac which fried its video logic board. Luckily, Apple had concluded that this was a design flaw and was fixing the affected models for free (see more here). However, I did not find ...
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Security of encrypted data on Mac and multiple accounts on same computer

I'd like to use Boxcrypter to encrypt files shared via iCloud (OS X 10.11). The computer is connected to a network and my account is a network account. While the computer is primarily used by myself, ...
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Is this cascading encryption, and is my security weakened as a result?

I'm trying to understand what is, and what is not, considered cascading encryption. All of the posts and conversations I've read over the past few days discourage the practice, including this article. ...
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missing ESSID from aircrack-ng

I'm using Mac OS X and I was able to sniff packet from my homeNetwork (in order to learn more about how things goes on). I'm sending a deauth command to all my devices to disconnect them and then ...
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Variant of OSX.pirrit

Today while working with a customer, Someone came in with a peculiar problem. They could only access websites through https, and nothing through http. I tried the regular gauntlet of fixes for network ...
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aircrack-ng fed with crunch taking ages

I'm trying aircrack-ng attack like below: crunch 1 2 -f /usr/local/Cellar/crunch/3.6/share/charset.lst mixalpha-numeric|aircrack-ng -b 90:F6:52:80:B9:E2 -w - ~/DumpLog* ⋮ Crunch will now generate the ...
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Would a RansomWhere application be possible for Windows too?

This is related to RansomWhere? which is a OS X specific defense developed by a former NSA employee. The premise is that it will "generically" stop ransomware from encrypting files on the OS. ...
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OS X 10.6 and known unpatched vulnerabilities

Apple is not renowned for publishing clear end-of-support announcements for their products. In our network (a big university) we have strict policies and we do not allow unpatched systems. We were ...
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Was the OSX/iOS Airdrop flaw real?

One exploit has caught my eye, mainly due to the possibility of malware incorporating it infecting businesses and schools. This exploit is, as you may have guessed from the title, the OSX/iOS Airdrop ...
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Stronger Password-based File Encryption on OS X [closed]

I am wondering if there are any better alternatives than the zip command on the OS X terminal. My intention is to add a password to a compressed file. I have been using: zip -j -e -pMY_SECRET test....
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How Does A Hacker Send Spam Emails from Gmail with Two Factor Turned On?

We recently had an incident where two-factor authentication was enabled on a Gmail account but the account was sending spam messages. The device login activity shows no abnormal devices accessing the ...
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How can CVE-2016-2324 and -2315 be mitigated on Mac OS X?

The recent git remote execution vulnerability states all git clients with version <2.7.1 are vulnerable and that most linux distributions have included the fixes already. However, as of today, $...
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when/how does an encrypted volume .dmg change to reflect the file system it stores

I'm trying to verify that storing a .dmg file stays encrypted while only the mounted file system is unencrypted (see here). My thought was to create a .dmg containing a text file, make a copy of the ....
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Potential FileVault problems in my setup

After FBI vs. Apple, I have a few questions about the security of my data. Here's my setup: AppleID is connected to local account I don't remember exactly, but I think I have selected option "Allow ...
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VPN with client certificate via managed PKI - where did private key come from?

$company allows Mac users to request a client certificate via Symantec PKI to connect to their SSL VPN server. This process involves going to a specific Symantec website (has some sort of ID to ...
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Why doesn't homebrew fix file access problems by itself?

Before I took ownership of /usr/local, "brew link" caused a "/usr/local/..." not writeable. Is there any particular security reason why the program didn't say something like "The operating system won'...
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Is that possible for Linux and windows machines to be infected with KeRanger ransomware?

According to theguardian The Transmission site offers the open source software that was infected with the ransomware called KeRanger malware, it's programmed to encrypt files on an infected personal ...
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Nmap - host discovery doesn't show all hosts

I tried to scan my network for hosts. However, it seems like it didn't scan the MAC. I tried all kinds of TCP and UDP scans on different kind of ports but the hosts doesn't show up. It's strange ...
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What implications does the KeRanger infection have for Mac OSX security?

Recently some hackers replaced installers for a popular torrent client with an infected version. According to paloaltonetworks, they have no idea how the hackers managed to do this (let's just assume ...
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How can I protect myself from “ransomware” attacks like the one that affected Transmission users?

The downloader for version 2.90 of the Transmission BitTorrent client was infected by a piece of malware called KeRanger, which encrypts files on your computer and demands a one-Bitcoin ransom to ...
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Running windows in virtual machine, should I bother with security?

I'm running Windows in a virtual machine on my mac (via Parallels). Should I bother installing antivirus, firewall and using other conventional wisdom practices (like don't open unknown .exe etc)? I ...
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How to react to the glibc vulnerability as an OSX user? [duplicate]

Apologies if this question isn't really fit for this SE site. Wasn't sure whether to post it here, or on apple.SE. What's the currently best way for a user of OSX to react to: https://...
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How can I view images in forwarded packets on (current) Mac OS X?

How can I view reassembled images on a Mac being used as a router? I'd like to do this as a demonstration of how HTTP doesn't provide privacy. I've done some research, and on Linux there's a tool ...
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How to route all traffic through TOR?

I have TOR setup on my macbook and I configured my wifi connection to use TOR's SOCKS Proxy that is running on port 9050. When I check my connection it confirms I am browsing through TOR. However, ...
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Where could the iOS security key be stored on the hard drive, *if printed* when enabling 2 Factor?

Apple allows people to print out their recovery key when enabling two factor. Taking the assumption that the local spooler may not do a great job of protecting, secure erasing, and eliminating traces ...
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What full-disk secure erase solutions exist for SSDs (OS X)? [duplicate]

I want to back up the contents of my Macbook before encrypting it, but after I'm done, I would like to sanitize the SSD that I have backed up my files to, since it will be unencrypted (no point ...
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Encrypting individual files on OS X

I am about to go paperless, and I want to protect the documents that I scan. The use case is that I'll be scanning paper documents, encrypting each file, and storing them locally and on various backup ...
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How do I stop MacBook port scanning & fragment packet attacks

How can I stop OSX El Capitan from port scanning and stop fragmented packet attacks?
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Under what conditions does Safari have access to the Keychain?

The Keychain is shared among many different apple products and includes asymmetric, symmetric, and other types of security data. People who use iCloud, and also enable the keychain synchronization ...
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What is the accessibility of a process's environment on OS X?

Are the environment variables of a process running on a modern OS X system accessible to other processes? If so, is this information accessible only to the same user and root? This answer from Gilles ...
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Why does nmap remotely show when I have port 6969 open, but not others?

Specifically, I was running a node.js application on port 6969 which I thought was strictly local. I discovered this was not the case when I ran nmap <myip> from a different computer and found ...
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Tradeadexchange everywhere. On my mac, android and every browser

The tradeadexchange malware seems to have infected me in every possible way. It pops up new tabs whenever I am browsing on my Mac or Android devices, and also in any browser-Firefox/Chrome/.. ...
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Can someone bruteforce my OSX? (Macbook)

Is it possible for someone to bruteforce or perform a dictionary attack on a Macbook? It's very easy to bypass security of a Windows box (Password Protection) , what is the difficulty level of ...
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I didn't wipe my hard drive before I sold it. How would a criminal take advantage?

I just sold a Mac Mini, and I erased/formatted the hard drive before I turned it over, but I didn't wipe it securely (not wise, I know). How would a criminal take advantage of this fact? What is the ...
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How do I view the signature of an iOS application?

OSX had an issue where the certificate was expired and several apps could not be opened after that date. The command above illustrates how this could have been detected. Does iOS have a similar ...
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Least riskiest option when it comes to reinstalling the OS

I understand security is a continuum rather than a binary, which is why I'm asking this question. I need to reinstall the OS on my Macbook. However, after a security mishap, I’m far more alert about ...
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How safe is the encryption offered by Mac OS X's Finder?

If you plug in a USB drive, open it in Finder and right-click the Finder window, you get the option to encrypt the drive. What methods does Finder use to encrypt the drive and how safe is it ...
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OSX HomeBrew Security Risks

I've been trying to harden my OSX 10.11 computer and one of the guides suggested installing Homebrew to get updates to things such as OpenSSL. While updates are great, it seems like Apple should be ...
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Spoofing TCP/IP stack OS Fingerprinting attacks in OSX

We need to change our OSX fingerprint in order to impersonate the Android OS against "passive OS fingerprinting" attacks. For Windows machines there are tools/guides for doing that, but can't find ...
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FileVault and Sleeping mode

I have FileVault activated on 10.10. (Mid 2012 MacBook Pro - MPB) I relaized already that there are different sleep modes. autopoweroff and normal Standby. Whenever the MBP goes into Hypernate mode, I ...
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Is checking out network traffic for suspected malware useless if the malicious actor is in a different timezone? [closed]

I had recently upgraded from OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) to OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) from a bootable drive that the Genius Bar of one of the my city's Apple stores has, and I installed the 10.11.1 update ...
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Why did Google sign every auxiliary app inside “Google Chrome.app” (OS X version) except for one?

$ codesign -dvv /Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/Versions\ /46.0.2490.80/Google\ Chrome\ Framework.framework/Resources/app_mode_loader.app/ /Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/Versions\ ...
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Why does the tool 'codesign' in OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) report every Python process as “code object is not signed at all”?

If you start any Python process on OS X 10.11 (10.11.0 or 10.11.1) El Capitan, and run the OS built-in tool 'codesign' to verify the process, you will receive an error saying "code object is not ...