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

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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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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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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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Why does the OpenSSH client on Mac OS X silently launch an ssh-agent for the user?

I'm confused by the difference in behavior of ssh clients I'm seeing on two different hosts. Just to be clear, this is the scenario: "macbox" OS X using OpenSSH_5.2p1 ssh client "sunbox" Solaris 10 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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CloudFlare - prompted for “attention required”

I am getting a CloudFlare - attention required / security check prompt on most of the sites I visit through my Macbook running OS X Yosemite, these sites work perfectly on other devices (such as iPad, ...
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Can any malware access the OSX keychain data

I'm working on a security project. I have sensitive data that I would like to store in OS X's keychain. I'm able to add the data programmatically into the OS X keychain by using RHKeychain. But after ...
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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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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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Macbook pro, rootkithunter

I've never really tried to understand rootkit enough, I'm too much paranoid... I recently reinstalled mountain lion, but my EFI might be infected. I have a macbook pro, it was really slow at some ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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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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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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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Is there an extension/command line for OSX Chromium to save website passwords in LOCALSTORAGE instead of the system's keychain?

My situation: I want to use a portable-app implementation of Chromium running on a removable drive, so I never leave any passwords stored on the kaychain of any computer I use. Portable Chromium is ...
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Does Mac OS X 10.8+ support self-signed Package Installer

I'm not sure whether self-signed Package Installer are supported by Mac OS X 10.8+ Using informations in How to create an Apple Installer Package Signing Certificate I could create a Package ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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nmap mac os lots of questionable ports open

Ive been recently trying to lock down my network at home and suspect that someone has hacked my linksys router because port 3128 seems to be open through the router and I have no knowledge setting or ...
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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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How can a critical Adobe Acrobat security update, only available as an unsigned executable over plain HTTP, be verified?

A critical security update for Adobe Acrobat Pro and Standard 9 on Mac OSX is only available over HTTP, and is unsigned code. Is there any out-of-band way to verify the download is authentically from ...
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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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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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Is OSX or Mac hardware used in the InfoSec world? What resources are available? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mac OS X from an IT Security Practitioners' Perspective? I'm new to the OSX world (formerly Windows background) and am interested in understanding what is or isn't ...
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How does FileVault 2 work with multiple decryption keys?

With FileVault 2, you can encrypt the hard-drive such that users on the computer can decrypt it with either of their passwords How does this work?
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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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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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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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Can any App Store app access all of my passwords?

Whilst researching another question, I've noticed that on OS X 10.9.4 there are many instances of Library/Keychains/login.keychain from ~ within the Data folder of what looks like apps from Apple App ...
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Mac laptop security on insecure wifi connections

I'm going every year at big IT conferences (3k->4k people). Everyone is connected to the internet with wifi on laptops. This wifi is open, everyone can read the traffic and analyse it... The risk is ...
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How to install Metasploit on Mavericks + MacPorts? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is it ok that OS X defaults to ignoring owership on external volumes?

I just discovered this fact tonight and I was rather floored by it. Isn't that a gaping security flaw? I realize that an external drive is less secure by virtue of the fact that someone could simply ...