Archive for category: Security

System Preferences Profiles in Mavericks (plus a Security Hole!)

System Preferences Profiles in Mavericks (plus a Security Hole!)

Profiles have become one of the most interesting components of the Apple ecosystem – both on OS X and on iOS. With their ability to easily control the functionality of the operating system, install certificates, and manage application preferences, along with their flexibility to use the same profile on desktop […]

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XProtect Changes

Apple has pushed some changes to XProtect.  Rich Trouton has the details over on his blog.

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FileVault Setup.app – A Local FV2 Setup App

FileVault Setup.app – A Local FV2 Setup App

As usual with all things FileVault related, Rich Trouton has the details on a new .app for setting up FileVault 2.  FileVault Setup.app is a standalone app that provides a pretty interface for end users to configure File Vault 2 with during first login.  This is a interesting way to […]

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More Java Security Updates

Oracle has released a security patch for Java 7 on OS X which can be found here and Apple has released updates for Java 6 which can be found via Software Updates.  For more details on this release, check out Oracle’s security bulletin.

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Useful Tool: XProtect Packager

If you have decided to disable the automatic update function of XProtect, then you will need a method for deploying the configuration files yourself.  These configuration files tell XProtect what the minimum allowed version is for the given plugins.  If the version of the installed plugin is less than this […]

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Crypt FileVault 2 Solution now Beta

Graham Gilbert has an official post declaring Crypt to be in beta status.  Crypt is a great alternative to many of the paid solutions for FileVaule 2 escrow.  Rich Trouton gave us an early look at Crypt when it was more alpha-ish and it was looking really good.  It has […]

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OS X,Security Comments are Disabled

Java update got you down? Re-enable it!

Rich Trouton has a writeup on how to re-enable the Java 6 plugin after the recent Software Update.  This update disables the Web Plug-in piece while leaving the actual Java 6 framework intact.  Many apps still require Java 6 (Crashplan for instance), so for many of us it may be […]

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Management,OS X,Security Comments are Disabled

Upgrading from 10.7 to 10.8 on a FV2 encrypted system

FileVault 2 was a great advancement for encryption on Mac OS X.  It allowed for full disk encryption without the use of a third party product, as well as management using the system keychain or via a tool such as cauliflower vest. One might ask “So how exactly do you […]

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Re-Signing iOS apps

Re-Signing iOS apps

In order for an app to run on an iOS device, it needs to be code signed. This proves to iOS that the app has been approved to run on iOS devices. This is true of any apps in the App store, ad-hoc, or enterprise apps. The App store apps […]

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FileVault 2: The Silent Protector

FileVault 2: The Silent Protector

Introduction It comes as part of an amazing revolution that the devices we carry are increasingly smaller and lighter. For the first time in history, we have truly mobile devices, including laptops. This also means that they’re more likely to be misplaced or be carried with us in hostile environments, […]

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