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

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How to install Metasploit on Mavericks + MacPorts?

I would like to install Metasploit on an hardened OS. For this purpose I chose Mavericks just because I'm able to harden this OS pretty far. I would like to install Metasploit with MacPorts because ...
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Can “cat-ing” a file be a potential security risk?

I often use cat on the console to view the contents of files, and every now and then I accidentally cat a binary file which basically produces gibberish and system beeps. However today I've ...
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I get the feeling that Microsoft and Mac use two different forms of AES

I have an AES string being produced with this class, the AesCryptoServiceProvider Class provided by Microsoft. And I need to decode this encryption with Ruby's SSL::Cipher class . The problem is ...
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How would I know if my Apple Mac has a virus, and what can I do if I have? [closed]

I have used PCs for most of my life, and I am very aware of the fact that they can catch a variety of viruses. I have owned a MAC now for two years, and have enjoyed a pleasant (perhaps too pleasant) ...
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To which extent are paid alternatives to Apple's Xprotect worth it?

Mac OS X ships with Xprotect, Apple's mechanism to detect and remove malware. System software security holes are patched decently quickly. In a world of fragmented, code-signed, sandboxed apps, what ...
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Can I reliably identify Apple devices that have not patched against the gotofail vulnerability based on user agent string?

The title pretty much says it. Do the security patches to address the gotofail security issue in multiple Apple products employing SSL change the User Agent string for the respective systems? And, of ...
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What is going on with my download of the recent Apple security update?

The update in question is the Mavericks combined update which, among other things, claims to fix the recent SSL vulnerability/gaping hole. This issue really annoyed me, so I decided to procure ...
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Is it possible to hack my encrypted session and hijack the session by electromagnetic waves? [closed]

I'm concerned about microwave technologies nowadays and suspicious matter happend. So, I have several questions. Could you tell me about my question in below if you know. Question: Is it possible ...
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Why are OSX users of my TLS-only site being asked to supply a client certificate?

I purchased a Comodo SSL certificate (OV), and set up the apache vhost config so that all traffic is forwarded to 443. Intermittently some users are being prompted to supply a client certificate; ...
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What is the most secure way to send emails using PGP?

I am a PGP beginner, having just downloaded GPG for OS X. I created my first pub/sec key for my email address and uploaded it to the public key server. GPG has several features available, namely: 1) ...
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What is a self-contained cross-platform encryption for USB drive? [closed]

I'm trying to find self-contained encryption solution for USB drives while at the same time being platform independent. For example, Windows' BitLocker only works on Windows and not on OS X or Linux. ...
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How secure is “Secure Keyboard Entry” in Mac OS X's Terminal?

I've been using Terminal under Mac OS X for years but somehow missed to spot this feature: I'm now wondering how does this actually work, and is it 100% safe? If it isn't, what technique could be ...
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Safely Use sudo Without allowing Other applications root privileges on Mavericks

I have noticed recently on OS X Mavericks that running sudo will not only allow one to run it again in the same window or even the same application, but will permit any application to run shell ...
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Keyboard firmware hack - Linux vulnerable?

I see that Apple patched OS X to mitigate against K. Chen's famous Apple keyboard firmware hack. However: Apple keyboards can be used with computers running other operating systems; and in any ...
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Why is ICMP timestamping disabled on OS X?

It would seem like ICMP timestamping is quite a useful feature for troubleshooting networks with asymmetric paths. Replies to icmp(4) timestamp requests are generated by the kernel: On OpenBSD, the ...
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How to keep Mac secure from viruses, malware and keyloggers?

How can I download and install software and make sure that it is not infected with viruses, malware or a keylogger? Also, I heard that Macs "don't get viruses". Is this true? Is it a good practice to ...
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Single user mode for Windows

I am familiar with single user mode on OSX. By holding down Command-S, you can boot into a terminal as root. Resetting the PRAM with Command-Option-P-R will disable any firmware protection that would ...
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In what sense is Knock to Unlock safer than a password?

I've recently seen a youtube video, which is advertising an iphone app which will unlock your mac computer by knocking on your iphone. The ad is claiming that it is faster and safer than typing your ...
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Fishy: VMware sends all traffic through akamai

I'm running Linux inside of VMware on the Mac, and on Linux I'm running a program that has connections open to perhaps 4 different machines. On the OS/X side however VMware has only 1 active network ...
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apple hardware for infosec student, or pc [duplicate]

I see a ton of infosec people using Mac hardware. mitnick, Paul asadoorian, tons of people at defcon, etc ... my question is ... I spend most of my time in Linux at school. usually in bt kali or ...
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Using FileVault on a Mac with existing data

I have recently got a Mac which I have started using already without any encryption while looking for the best solution. I have come to the conclusion that using Mac's own file encryption technology ...
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How secure is OS X's Keychain access control?

On OS X, when an application requests access to a Keychain item, the user is prompted whether to grant or deny that access. Supposedly, the system saves not only the binary path, but also its hash in ...
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Security of different OS

At my work we are given a computer to set up at home so if we ever feel like working from home we can do so. The thing is that whenever it comes to developing for java I always prefer using windows or ...
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Security implications for two applications communicating with TCP/IP on localhost

Considering this for the local loopback connection: - It is implemented entirely within the operating system's networking software and passes no packets to any network interface controller. If ...
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Why does DestroyFVKeyOnStandby no longer work to secure Mavericks? [closed]

I noticed that using the DestroyFVKeyOnStandby option for FileVault 2 in terminal no longer works since upgrading to Mavericks. Usually you type the following in terminal: sudo pmset -a ...
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Hardening Services, Ports on OSX

People boast about OSX Security, yet I find it very hard to find a comprehensive manual in regards to any equivalent Services and the ports they use. I am aware of lanchd and launchctl and Lingon is ...
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Adobe Install Redirect

I have heard of the Flash virus floating around, but after reading more I do not believe I have it. When I go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ So that I can update, 'Install Now' will redirect ...
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Intrusions attempt monitoring (on MacOS X) [closed]

I know utilities such as last exist - but not sure if it's applicable for my needs - I'd like a system to notify me of any login attempts on any of my macs (home, work or remote). Attempts from a ...
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Configuring SSL certificate on OS X 10.8.5 produces “Chain issues Contains anchor” error

I'm trying to install a Thawte SSL123 certificate on OS X 10.8.5, but having a difficulty. While the certificate and intermediates appear to be installed without any errors, running the Qualys SSL ...
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How to fetch and update all my friend's keys? [closed]

Where can I upload a list of my friends and get a list of their keys found on keyservers? Here are some key servers: http://keyserver.ubuntu.com:11371/ http://pgp.mit.edu/ ...
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How is the FileVault master key protected?

FileVault has the functionality to both allow and disable user accounts from booting up the encrypted drive. Reference: this cnet article. See also the stack exchange question How does FileVault 2 ...
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Random File downloaded

Okay so I was setting up stuff on my new mac earlier, downloading flash and office. They both downloaded and installed smoothly, but after I noticed a weird new file in my 'downloads' folder: ...
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Is writing a document, not saving it, and printing it wirelessly 100% secure? [closed]

Say I want to write a top secret document (yeh, I'm a secret agent), and I use the method in the title...more specifically 1) Write a document on TextEdit on a Macbook Pro 2) Do not save it 3) ...
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Why Parallels 8 installer looking into my Chrome's Cookies?

While trying to install Parallels on OS X I looked into Activity Monitor to find where is the installed Parallels located (it was weird that it stays invisible in Application folder). And than I found ...
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Does Apple maintain the security of the built-in Ruby?

Does Apple maintain the security of the Ruby implementation that comes by default in OS X? I recently heard about CVE-2013-4073, but when I ran "Software Update..." on my OS X Lion box, it didn't ...
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How should I diagnose a macintosh laptop running OS X Lion 10.7.5 automatically booting at 12:00:09 sharp every night?

Using the "Console" app within OS X and viewing the "syslog" file I can see the user shutdown their laptop (it was a HALT operation) around 10:22PM. For some reason, 9 seconds after midnight ...
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What method of secure erase is sufficient for MacBook Pro SSD Drives? [duplicate]

I would like to securely erase the hard drive of a SSD in a MacBook Pro. The Disk Utility does not give me the option to wipe this drive even when I boot into the System Partition. (it is greyed ...
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Guest user on Mac Book Pro is suddenly on. Was I hacked?

Today I restarted my Mac book Pro and the guest user was on when has always been off before.
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Why did Apple think OS/X was virus proof?

In such articles as this one at Examiner.com, we see that Apple had long "advertised" the immunity of its desktop OS to viruses. It had to dilute that assertion when the Flashback virus appeared. ...
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Is there a way to get OS X to start a VPN connection before allowing network traffic? [closed]

I'm running OS X 10.8 and have Tunnelblick set up so I can connect to my OpenVPN server at home. I've also used this at $WORK in the past. When I'm out and about and want to jump on a public network, ...
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Enforcing personal firewall for OS X

We're currently doing PCI compliance, and one of the requirements is that mobile devices that have access to systems involved in processing card data have personal firewall software installed which ...
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Reseting my computer to uninstall LogKext

My friend downloaded LogKext on my computer, so I'm guessing he can see every keystroke, but I've reset my computer so that it's in a condition when I first opened from the box. Can my friend still ...
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PKI integration in MAC OS

I have setup an ejbca pki and integrated certificates in MAC OS for S/MIME signing and encrypting. I have also set up a CRL distribution point and put the CRL online available on an HTTP server. ...
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Safe to connect to external drive?

A customer provided an external drive (USB 2.0 and Firewire 800 connections), and wants me to copy files onto the drive. The drive is not new. I have no particular reason to suspect the customer ...
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“You have new mail” message

I received a message from Google saying someone entered my email account. I confirmed that there were an access from an IP in another country. I have noticed "You have new mail" message when I open ...
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I wonder if my MacBook Pro with OS X got hacked?

Maybe I am getting a little paranoid. Lately my MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.8.2 is behaving a little different the usual. The last strange thing that happend was that in iTerm2 when I tried to sudo ...
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Did I get hit by the recent Java exploit?

Looks like the website iphonedevsdk was responsible for serving up the malware that's been causing some of the recent security exploits. According to my browser history, I visited that site back in ...
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Can you really change the password to a mac on reboot without knowing the old one?

I was looking for answers for a configuration issue on my laptop but then I got to reading the answers to this post. There was one that troubled me slightly (the last one by Lauri) which says how to ...
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How to detect KeyLogger on Mac OS X ?

I have a Mac OS X computer and I want to know if it has installed a Keylogger or something that control what I'm doing: when I switch on/off the computer, what I install on it, etc. How can I know ...
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Should users share OSX crash logs?

OSX stores app crash logs into ~/Library/Logs/DiagnosticLogs/appname_date.crash and optionally submits these anonymously back to Apple. These contain a fair amount of debug info for the developer, ...