Wednesday 30 December 2015

OSxLockdown: Apple OS X Tool To Audit For, And Remediate, Security Configuration Settings

OSxLockdown: Apple OS X Tool To Audit For, And Remediate, Security Configuration Settings.

osxlockdown was built to audit, and remediate, security configuration settings on OS X 10.11 (El Capitan).

This checks and flips various configuration settings. This is a compilation of numerous resources listed in the Resources section which could be converted to bash scripts. This is different than those resources in that instead of requiring the user to read a 100+ page doc, click through numerous GUIs, and try to decide if some esoteric output is good or bad, this tool combines all the steps into a single command. This tool is focused on enterprise deployments of OSX with regard to what it does, but made to be usable for stand-alone home users as well.

Running the command by itself will tell you which audit checks passed and failed. Adding the --remediate flag will fix the problems identified. The commands.json file may be edited to disable certain rules by setting enabled to false.

Warning: Many of the rules disable functionality in the name of security. This may make you sad.

Warning: System commands and dark arts are involved, so ensure you have your system backed up first.


Run sudo ./osxlockdown to check security settings. Run sudo ./osxlockdown --remediate to fix them.

Available command-line options:

--remediate: Apply fixes to the problems found. By default the tool only audits for problems.
--hide_summary: Hides the summary output the end.
--hide_passes: Only show issues that failed the audit.
--commands_file <filename>: Change the location of the commands file instead of the default commands.json in the current directory.

Sample output

$ sudo ./osxlockdown
[PASSED] Verify all application software is current
[PASSED] Enable Auto Update
[PASSED] Disable Bluetooth
[PASSED] Disable infrared receiver
[PASSED] Disable AirDrop
[PASSED] Enable "Set time and date automatically"
[PASSED] Set an inactivity interval of 10 minutes or less for the screen saver
[PASSED] Enable secure screen saver corners
[PASSED] Require a password to wake the computer from sleep or screen saver
[PASSED] Ensure screen locks immediately when requested
[PASSED] Disable Remote Apple Events
[PASSED] Disable Remote Login
[PASSED] Disable Internet Sharing
[PASSED] Disable Screen Sharing
[PASSED] Disable Printer Sharing
[PASSED] Disable Wake on Network Access
[PASSED] Disable File Sharing
[PASSED] Disable Remote Management
[PASSED] Enable FileVault
[PASSED] Enable Gatekeeper
[PASSED] Enable Firewall
[PASSED] Enable Firewall Stealth Mode
[PASSED] Disable signed apps from being auto-permitted to listen through firewall
[PASSED] Disable iCloud drive
[PASSED] Require an administrator password to access system-wide preferences
[PASSED] Complex passwords required
[PASSED] Disable IPv6
[PASSED] Disable Previews
[PASSED] Secure Safari by crippling it
Date: 2015-12-29T13:00:18-08:00
SerialNumber: C02XXXXXXXXX
Final Score 100%: Pass rate: 29/29


  • Some attempts have been made to check for things that a user likely would never enable anyway, but if they did would make the system insecure. However, it is impossible to check all such possibilities.
  • Some security auditing requires manual review, such as what apps should have firewall exceptions, or permissions on files and folders. For such auditing, no rules have been created.
  • File Vault (full disk encryption) is tested for, but can not be remediated because user involvement is required to write down the recovery key.
  • Rules related to creating audit logs have not been created.


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