Lesson 13. Securing the Local System

Time

This lesson takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Goals

Understand the four layers of Mac OS X local security

Set Open Firmware restrictions

Create secure Mac OS X installations

Use Disk Utility effectively

Understand Mac OS 9 (Classic) and security

Use the firewall in Mac OS X

Use FileVault

The Mac OS X local security model has four layers. The layers are not independent; an attacker can use a weakness in one layer to bypass the protections provided by some or all of the other layers. So setting up a secure Mac OS X computer requires that all four be locked down properly. The four layers in the Mac OS X security model are:

• Physical security: An attacker who has physical access to the ...

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