Saturday, September 10, 2005

Securing Mac OS X Tiger

Slashdot has a post that links to a good document that talks about ways to secure Mac OS X Tiger.  I didn't realize that Apple enabled encryption of virtual memory swap files.  I am now looking into installing Tripwire, Radmind or HenWen on my laptop.

This document is definitely geared towards corporate users.  There are some things that I think are missing from this document.  It does go into describing creating ipfw rules, which will overwrite the UI settings.  But I think that it should go into the new settings that are in the UI.  For example, in 10.4, now the firewall can:

  • Block all UDP traffic

  • Enable firewall logging

  • Enable stealth mode

Here is a screen shot of the new options

Advanced Firewall Settings

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