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 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 ...
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How to check if iCloud password popup is legitimate?

I was away from the computer when this popup appeared and I've no idea what triggered it. How do I know if it's legitimate popup from App Store or a phishing attempt by some malware? Back in my ...
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Upgrade shell to meterpreter behind NAT

I've been playing around with Metasploit the past week, and am successfully able to obtain a basic shell of the victim over the internet. I've currently: Created a DDNS that points to my public IP ...
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Thousands of files (png, pdf, tex, java, cpp, etc.) deleted on Mac OS X Yosemite

Yesterday, I noticed that, starting at 12:40, many thousands files had been automatically deleted from my drive. The computer is a Macbook Pro with a recent version of Mac OS X Yosemite. Since many ...
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How do I find the source of network traffic from a specific host?

My firewall identifies an unusual amount of traffic to 8.8.4.4 from host 192.168.76.22 (a Mac OS X Server). Within that server, the network connections are defined with a primary DNS pointing to my ...
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Why are Macs more secure? [closed]

People often say that Macs are more secure than say Windows. Which is why many Mac users don't have antiviruses. But why is this? Is it because of the need for a password for sudo commands, like ...
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apparmor alternative for MacBook [closed]

Does anyone know an alternative to apparmor for Mac? Every time I use winebottler my MacBook gets Windows viruses. Wanted to protect my Mac from it.
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How to verify .plist and .kext files are legitimate?

While scouring through tons of logs generated during an audit of a Mac filesystem after a potential malware infection, and I am wondering if there are any better ways to verify that all kernel ...
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Possible sources of repeated Adware infections

In the last couple of months I have had the same thing happen on separate occasions to two Android phones, a Mac laptop and a Windows desktop computer. In all cases, something infects Chrome making ...
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How is Facebook accessing my iPhone texts in order to recommend friends?

I have noticed that Facebook has been recently recommending people who have texted me. It has been able to connect their number (I believe most of these people are using iPhone) and connect their ...
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How to track down and remove Mac malware that is calling out? [duplicate]

Little Snitch periodically brings up a dialog that says: Terminal via node wants to accept an incoming connection from X on port 3000 (remoteware-cl). X are different IPs in eastern europe. A full ...
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Can the FBI or government agencies decrypt my hardrive and/or force me to give them the password?

I have seen other TrueCrypt questions as well "Windows encryption with BitLocker" and "Mac OSX encryption with FileVault". Does the FBI/NSA or other government agencies have access to my data or can ...
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If there is a malicious attack on one partition, is the other one safe?

I recently have used Bootcamp to set up a new partition and run Windows 7. About half of my HDD is designated to my OS X partition and the other half is allocated to the new Windows 7 partition. If ...
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Is there any known encrypting ransomware that attacks Macs?

Just about every article I read about Cryptowall, Cryptolocker, and its ilk seems to assume that the reader is running some flavor of Windows. When I Google "ransomware OSX", I get a long list of ...
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Are X.509 nameConstraints on certificates supported on OS X?

I have the following "chain" of certificates on a test machine right now: A self-signed CA cert, in my Keychain and trusted & trusted by Firefox. A CA cert with with the following, X509v3 Name ...
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How to determine which program accessed the Mac Camera?

The green light on my laptop's camera just flashed on and then off after 1 second. I am extremely concerned about this since I am not running any programs which could have enabled the camera. I ...
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Questions on true anonymity

I am going to use Tails to connect to Tor through VPN which has AES-256 data encryption, SHA-256 data authentication and RSA-4096 handshake encryption on my Mac on my school's WiFi (as public as I can ...
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Is XSP suitable for Internet facing, production hosts? (either self hosted, as an Apache plugin, or FastCGI)

XSP is portable version of ASP.NET that allows for operation on OSX, Linux, and Windows. It's an alternative to IIS, and hosts its own web server, or can plug into existing web servers such as Apache....
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Is the 'SUIDGuard' patch safe to implement?

Can someone who really knows what they're looking at advise whether the patch published here by Stefan Esser is in fact safe to install? While I'm very concerned that Apple haven't published an ...
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How does the DYLD privilege escalation vulnerability work on OS X?

Just reading about the DYLD privilege escalation vulnerability reported by Stefan Esser at https://www.sektioneins.de/en/blog/15-07-07-dyld_print_to_file_lpe.html I understand this allows anyone to ...
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Chrome showing SSL warning about SHA-1 when the sites don't use SHA-1

My version of Chrome on an iMac (latest 43.0.2357.130 (64-bit)) is showing an SSL warning for well-known sites (Hackernews, GitHub, DigitalOcean): This site uses a weak security configuration (SHA-...
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Is FileVault 2 HIPAA compliant?

It looks to me like FileVault 2 uses AES 256 bit encryption for the desk. Does that mean that it meets the HIPAA "data at rest" standard? Is there something else I need to check about it?
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Can you use ssh for secure inter app communication on the same device?

I use ssh to get an encrypted connection between servers and local machines all the time. It's fast, it's secure, and there's a way to do it in nearly every system programming language that I've used ...
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CryptoAPI to CommonCrypto with RC4

I have cryptographic code used in the Windows platform, which uses the Crypto API functions and need to convert this to using Common Crypto on OS X. Essentially the original code is this, with error ...
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Forensics: Any legitimate reason for code injection in artifacts?

I have two images I'm analyzing using volatility. I've found two instances where malfind found injected code in processes in which the code had well defined function prologues and returns. One was ...
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Which kind of Wifi is safe to use ?

I travel a lot, so I most of the time get Wifi from Hotel or Cafes. I payed attention to the fact that some Wifi does not have security password ! Here is a screenshot of the type of security I found ...
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Sites are signed with an incorrect VeriSign Class 3 G5 CA

Previously today, I encountered a SSL error trying to access twitter.com in Chrome. Investigating the issue, I encountered the same error accessing discussions.apple.com. Most other HTTPS sites were ...
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Suspicious wifi networks from distant places and hotels

When I check my Macbook's network settings, I see some unfamiliar wifi networks from distant places like famous hotels. It's impossible to connect to those networks because I've never been to those ...
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How do I enable support for Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) in OpenSSL on OS X?

I want to use the Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) of OpenSSL as documented on https://www.openssl.org/docs/apps/cms.html on OS X. When I try to run openssl cms I get the following error: $ ...
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How can I confirm I'm vulnerable to OS X “rootpipe” (CVE-2015-1130)?

I've read the disclosure post by Emil Kvarnhammar of TrueSec (Hidden backdoor API to root privileges in Apple OS X) and I'm trying to confirm whether I'm vulnerable or not. After creating an exploit....
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Block An IP Address Scanner On Mac [closed]

I'm working on an prototype that can spot network scanners, which is working and it spits out the IP address of the scanners, but I need to block them now. Is there any way to block an IP address ...
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Patching Mac DMA attack

I want to know a few things about the blackhat attack that attacks thunderbolt. Is there anyway to wipe or patch a currently infected computer? I am not versed per se in THAT level of security. I was ...
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How to create a OSx pen testing environment

I currently use OSx Maverick, I wish to use this machine as my pen testing machine as I also prefer coding on this machine. My current pentest machine is running Kali. Can anyone give me good tips on ...
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OSX Yosemite and Security/Privacy

I currently have a Macbook Pro running OSX Mavericks, being the skeptic that I am I always wait a bit before upgrading to 'new' OS versions when they are released to see how they fare both stability ...
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At Starbucks, is my MAC address sent when I accept the terms of service for free Wifi? [closed]

Recently, I overheard by chance some technically savvy guys saying that when you accept the terms of service in order to use the "free" WiFi at Starbucks (which you pay for when you buy some coffee), ...
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Need To Use Live CD With Mac without Shutting Down Computer (VMWare/Parallels Secure?) [closed]

I've heard of using Live CDs such as Tails to protect yourself online. Is there a similar setup to this that would work except run a Mac OS? I've done some searching, but have yet to find anything. ...
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On my MacBook, is my user password now the Achilles heel of disk encryption?

From a cold boot, the only password needed to unlock the primary encrypted volume on my MacBook's SSD is just that of my main admin user. This was not always the case; it used to be that I could ...
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Does the GHOST vulnerability affect Macs?

Although the vulnerability targets Linux, I have read that it is really a glibc vulnerability, and some sites suggest that one should install a fix on any platform. I know that there are a lot of ...
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Xcode's git still vulnerable (CVE-2014-9390)? What's the best practice here?

In December everyone and his grandmother were talking about CVE-2014-9390 and we were all busy installing the git maintenance releases. Looking at my Xcode installment today - 41 days later - I still ...
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Is there a way to check for “hollow” processes, or malware hidden within “normal” processes

I recently came across an article on the The Verge, which centers around the concept of commercial malware production and how it's used around the world. The article introduced me to a number of ...
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Fosshub as an alternative to sourceforge for osx open source project, is it safe to use? [closed]

I want to download a well known open source app for OSX (security/encryption related), but I don't want to use Sourceforge for my download because I'm worried about malware. This is the second time ...
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Chromium Sandbox on Mac OSX: Is it enabled by default?

I have decided to finally replace the closed source and privately owned Google Chrome with the open-source Chromium on my Mac OSX 10.9.2 (Mavericks). I have read the differences between both here: ...
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Password entry on OS X and keyloggers

There's several places in my ‘personal security infrastructure’ (is there a better phrase for that?) where I find myself typing very important passwords into text-fields on OS X (for instance, dis-...
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native mac malware opening urls across all browsers

I'm a security newbie so please excuse the solely high level symptomatic description of my problem. My friend doesn't know how he got it, but he has some form of malware on his mac which, when he ...