Posted by: David Harley | September 13, 2013

OS X security configuration guides

Apple’s Mac OS X Security Configuration Guides page gives ‘instructions and recommendations for securing Mac OS X and for maintaining a secure computer.’ To be more precise, it includes guides in PDF format for the desktop and server versions of OS X 10.3 to 10.6 (i.e. Panther, Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard).

The page makes the point firmly that this is is not stuff for the naive user: to use the material here, you need to be an experienced OS X user, familiar with the Terminal command line and basic networking, and prepared to follow the instructions diligently and test carefully.

To give you a taste, here are the chapter headings for the Snow Leopard desktop guide:

  • Preface
  • Introduction to Mac OS X Security Architecture
  • Installing Mac OS X
  • Securing System Hardware
  • Securing Global System Settings
  • Securing System Preferences
  • Securing Accounts
  • Securing Data and Using Encryption
  • Securing Applications
  • Securing Network Services
  • Advanced Security Management
  • Appendix A Security Checklist
  • Appendix B Security Scripts
  • Index

And if you were wondering, there’s not a lot of coverage of malware and what there is is very generic/high level compared to some of the other content.

Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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