Securing Computers Running Macintosh OS X
To secure computers that are running Macintosh OS X, install the latest patches and enable a firewall.
You can set up your system to install patches automatically, or you can install them manually. Follow these steps to install patches:
Enabling Firewall Software
Follow these steps to enable a firewall:
Macintosh OS X Logs
Logs help you to reconstruct a timeline of events or system activity -- important information for responding to security incidents. To generate logs, you can run programs such as ssh and sendmail, and a mechanism called syslog can store these logs on your OS X computer. When storing these logs, the syslog daemon applies rules that are specified in the file /etc/syslog.conf. Typically, the system stores sequential logs in a set of files located in the /var/log directory. Because OS X systems rotate logs to save space, you must decide how long you want to retain your logs and adjust the /etc/syslog.conf file accordingly. Consult your system documentation for further information about how it handles logs.
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January 17, 2013