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

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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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Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?

There are some people saying that people should use an antivirus software on Mac. And there are thousands of people claiming that Macs don't get viruses (under this term I mean spyware / malware as ...
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Are ordinary OS X desktops at risk from bash “shellshock” bug (CVE-2014-6271)?

I've recently heard via Twitter about CVE-2014-6271. Are ordinary OS X desktops, that aren't acting as a web server, at risks of receiving attacks that could exploit this vulnerability?
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What can an attacker do with Bluetooth and how should it be mitigated?

What are the security risks of Bluetooth and what technologies and best practices should be used to protect my device? What can an attacker do once a malicious device is paired with mine? ...
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Mac OS X from an IT Security Practitioners' Perspective? [closed]

What does the Mac OS X offer that it has been recently attracting users with IT security focus? There are sites that specifically focus on "hacking" with OSX, such as machacking.net. Defcon has an ...
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How can I protect my computer from my potentially malicious colleagues?

So, I work in this small company (10 people) where we do stuff in programming, for various platforms. I started recently working there (2 months) right after I graduated. My work is not exactly ...
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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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Convenient cross-platform help on checking secure hashes like SHA-256

It is often helpful to be able to obtain a good cryptographic checksum of a file, e.g. the SHA-256 hash. This can be used to verify file integrity, so long as you have a reliable source for the hash. ...
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How secure is FileVault 2 while the computer is in sleep mode?

How secure is Apples disk encryption FileVault 2 when someone has physical or network access while the computer in sleep mode or is running a screen saver? Are there ways to circumvent FileVault 2 ...
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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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Is Apple's push notification service implementation vulnerable to a MitM attack

Recently(more info) I've spotted a strange message in the logs on my quite recent, fresh installation of OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 Apr 27 15:26:47 Ivans-MacBook-Pro.local apsd[194]: Unrecognized leaf ...
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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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What firewall settings on a Macintosh are the most restrictive, while still permitting casual internet use?

I don't want this to be subjective, so I'll try to make the requirements as clear as possible. On a Mac with Snow Leopard, how can I set up the firewall rulesets that allow ONLY: Using the internet ...
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Rootkits on Mac OS X

Is there known existence of rootkits for Mac OS X, and can you please provide examples? What software would you recommend to detect rootkits on OS/X? From a software developer's perspective, can you ...
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Reading keystrokes of other applications

Is it possible for other application running in the OS to read the keystrokes that my application uses? What about mouse events and window handles? Is there any security wall that the OS uses to ...
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How can I secure my log files?

I have a cool tool that displays my syslog and kernellog on my mac's desktop. This has me concerned about what is written in them - I'm staring to feel like they are creating a hole in my privacy. I ...
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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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What FDE (with hardware encrypted drives) for OS X works?

I'm trying to get all of our laptops doing FDE (as I'm sure lots of you are), and I've run into a problematic spot. Our Windows and Linux laptops are Dells, and they have some good BIOS integration ...
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Mac OSX: What is the safest way to access an unknown USB storage?

Let's say a friend gives me a SD-card which I'm not sure is safe (i.e. it may contain malware), what is the safest way to access this card on a Mac OSX? E.g. Is it possible to create a sandbox 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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Who (which process) is calling curl?

On my mac (Lion), I know that curl is bing used by some unknown process to communicate with a server. Basically I installed little Snitch and find out that "somebody" is using curl periodically. ...
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Secure cleaning of deleted files

So I know how to secure delete files. But at our company, we have a laptop which had many important documents, which now have been deleted, but not in a secure way. We can't perform a full format of ...
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How to patch Bash on OSX in wake of “shellshock”? [duplicate]

My Mac is vulnerable, as this test shows: x='() { :;}; echo VULNERABLE' bash -c : (source) I am using the version of bash that came with it. I also use Homebrew. What is the preferred way to patch ...
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Verify Mac firmware is not hacked…how to do?

I have a late model Mac computer. I allowed someone to plug in a USB drive, and my network activity changed afterwards. Normally, Little Snitch will report every app that uses the internet. Every ...
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How do I detect malware on Mac OS X?

I have a computer running OS X, and I want to know if there's malware (e.g. a keylogger, or something that lets an attacker control my computer, or something that stops me from installing whatever I ...
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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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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 it possible for a phishing link to install a major virus on a Mac?

My girlfriend recently had her university MS Exchange account hacked. The attacker took over her email account and started using it to send thousands of spam emails. After a while, her email account ...
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What do you do to protect data on a Macbook in the event of theft/loss of the device?

What setup do you recommend to protect data on a MacBook in the event of theft/loss of the device? I'm specifically interested in Macs here, rather than laptops generally, and in concrete ...
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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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Need help identifying the OSX process that's generating strange network traffic

Since the past few days, I noticed that my router was a bit slow, and was restarting by itself at times. When looked at it's logs, they had entries like: Friday Jul 13 13:09:02 2012 1 Blocked by DoS ...
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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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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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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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xml library vulnerabilities, regarding post-exploitation

there was some arbitrary code execution that occurred on my os x 10.5 system. this came as a result of opening an xls file with excel for mac. the vnc type program that came with office for mac was ...
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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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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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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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Reverse engineering (decompiling) an .exe file in OSX

I am a complete newby in the reverse engineering world, and being able to decompile .exe files in my OSX is being a pain. Does anybody know a good decompiler of .exe for OSX, or any hint about where ...
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Is leaving the root user enabled in Mac OS X a security risk?

To those unfamiliar, the Mac OSX has the root account disabled by default. In order to enable the root user you have to go deep into System Preferences and authenticate yourself with an administrator ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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, ...
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How Do I Troubleshoot a Browser Hijack on a Mac?

My Mac is getting weird redirects with Safari and Chrome, however not with Mozilla Firefox. Since I cannot find software to do malware removal on Apple products or any good information, I am at a loss ...
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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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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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SSL protocol issues on OS X and iOS

I have a PfSense box as a UTM, running snort among other things. I started noticing that when MacBooks and iPhones/iPods connect to my network, the snort log gets flooded with this message: ...