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An executable file is used to perform tasks according to encoded instructions. Executable files are sometimes also referred to as binaries which technically can be considered a sub class of executable files.
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Apple Inc.'s Macintosh OS X (pronounced "'''OS Ten'''") is the operating system distributed with Apple computers. It includes heavily used several programs by default, including [[Apple Mail]], a web browser called [[Apple Safari | Safari]], and an [[Apple Address Book]], and [[iCal]].  
  
There are multiple families of executable files:
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== EFI boot ==
* Scripts; e.g. shell scripts, batch scripts (.bat)
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The firmware is responsible for initializing the hardware and performing a POST (Power-On Self Test).
* DOS, Windows executable files (.exe) which can be of various formats like: MZ, PE/COFF, NE
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** EFI fat binary
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* ELF
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* Mach-O
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== External Links ==
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The default boot volume is stored in NVRAM and can be configured through the "Startup Disk" preference pane or the nvram command line utility [https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Darwin/Reference/Manpages/man8/nvram.8.html]. Additional boot arguments can be provided via the "boot-args" value [http://www.cnet.com/news/boot-argument-options-in-os-x/].
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executable Wikipedia: Executable]
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* [ftp://ftp.cs.wisc.edu/paradyn/papers/Rosenblum10prov.pdf Extracting Compiler Provenance from Program Binaries], by Nathan E. Rosenblum, Barton P. Miller, Xiaojin Zhu, June 2010
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=== ELF ===
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Mac OS X estends EFI with a read-only HFS+ driver.  
* [http://robinhoksbergen.com/papers/howto_elf.html Manually Creating an ELF Executable], by Robin Hoksbergen
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=== MZ, PE/COFF ===
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HFS+ volume header fields are used to point to a "blessed file" to be loaded as an EFI application.
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_Executable Wikipedia: Portable Executable]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463119.aspx Microsoft PE and COFF Specification]
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ms809762.aspx Peering Inside the PE: A Tour of the Win32 Portable Executable File Format], by Matt Pietrek, March 1994
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* [http://www.microsoft.com/msj/0797/hood0797.aspx Under the Hood], by Matt Pietrek, July 1997
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* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc301805.aspx An In-Depth Look into the Win32 Portable Executable File Format], by Matt Pietrek, February 2002
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* [https://googledrive.com/host/0B3fBvzttpiiSd1dKQVU0WGVESlU/Executable%20(EXE)%20file%20format.pdf MZ, PE-COFF executable file format (EXE)], by the [[libexe|libexe project]], October 2011
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* [http://ho.ax/posts/2012/02/carving-up-efi-fat-binaries/ Carving up EFI fat binaries], by snare, February 24, 2012
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* [http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2013/Oct/157 The Internal of Reloc .text], Full Disclosure Mailing list, October 21, 2013
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=== DBG, PDB ===
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Mac OS X EFI boot process supports both MZ-PE/COFF and EFI fat binary type [[Executable|executables]].
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Program_database Wikipedia: Program database]
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<pre>
* [http://www.debuginfo.com/articles/debuginfomatch.html Matching Debug Information], by debuginfo.com
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/com.apple.recovery.boot/boot.efi
* [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/121366 Description of the .PDB files and of the .DBG files], by [[Microsoft]]
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/System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi
* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff553493(v=vs.85).aspx Public and Private Symbols], by [[Microsoft]]
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/usr/standalone/i386/boot.efi
* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms679293(v=vs.85).aspx DbgHelp Structures], by [[Microsoft]]
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</pre>
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20070915060650/http://www.x86.org/ftp/manuals/tools/sym.pdf Internet Archive: Microsoft Symbol and Type Information], by [[Microsoft]]
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* [http://pierrelib.pagesperso-orange.fr/exec_formats/MS_Symbol_Type_v1.0.pdf Microsoft Symbol and Type Information]
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* [https://code.google.com/p/pdbparse/wiki/StreamDescriptions Stream Descriptions], [https://code.google.com/p/pdbparse/ pdbparse project]
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* [http://sourceforge.net/p/mingw-w64/code/HEAD/tree/experimental/tools/libmsdebug/ libmsdebug], by the [[MinGW|MinGW project]]
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* [http://moyix.blogspot.com/2007/10/types-stream.html The Types Stream], by [[Brendan Dolan-Gavitt]], October 4, 2007
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=== Minidump ===
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The behavior of boot.efi can be configured in the com.apple.Boot.plist [https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Darwin/Reference/ManPages/man5/com.apple.Boot.plist.5.html] which can be found in:
* [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms680378(v=vs.85).aspx MSDN: MINIDUMP_HEADER structure]
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<pre>
* [https://code.google.com/p/google-breakpad/source/browse/trunk/src/google_breakpad/common/minidump_format.h minidump_format.h], by [[Google]], 2006
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/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/
* [http://moyix.blogspot.com/2008/05/parsing-windows-minidumps.html Parsing Windows Minidumps], by [[Brendan Dolan-Gavitt]], May 7, 2008
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</pre>
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20110814041817/http://www.stackhash.com/blog/post/Format-of-a-minidump-(mdmp)-file.aspx Format of a minidump (mdmp) file], Internet Archive: StackHash blog, May 16, 2011
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=== Mach-O ===
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== Disk image types ==
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mach-O Wikipedia: Mach-O]
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=== Packers ===
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Mac OS X has support for various disk image types build-in, some of which are:
* [http://www.woodmann.com/crackz/Packers.htm Packers & Unpackers]
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* read-write disk image (.dmg) some of which use the [[Raw Image Format]]
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* [[Sparse Image format|Sparse disk image (.spareimage)]]
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* [[Sparse Bundle Image format|Sparse bundle disk image (.sparsebundle)]]
  
== Tools ==
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== Burn Folder ==
  
=== MZ, PE/COFF ===
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Mac OS X Burn Folder:
* [https://code.google.com/p/pefile/ pefile], multi-platform Python module to read and work with Portable Executable (aka PE) files
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<pre>
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$NAME.fpbf
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</pre>
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This folder normally contains [[Mac OS X Alias Files|alias files]] (similar to LNK files under Windows). Which should have the following signature.
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<pre>
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00000000  62 6f 6f 6b 00 00 00 00  6d 61 72 6b 00 00 00 00  |book....mark....|
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</pre>
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These [[Mac OS X Alias Files|alias files]] contain additional date and time values.
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Also check the following files for references to deleted .fpbf paths:
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<pre>
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/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
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/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist
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</pre>
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Actual burning of optical media is logged in:
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<pre>
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/var/log/system.log
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/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Logs/DiscRecording.log
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/private/var/.logs_exporter/cache/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Logs/DiscRecording.log
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</pre>
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== HFS/HFS+ date and time values ==
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In HFS+ date and time values are stored in an unsigned 32-bit integer containing the number of seconds since January 1, 1904 at 00:00:00 (midnight) UTC (GMT). This is slightly different from HFS where the date and time value are stored using the local time. The maximum representable date is February 6, 2040 at 06:28:15 UTC (GMT). The date values do not account for leap seconds. They do include a leap day in every year that is evenly divisible by four. This is sufficient given that the range of representable dates does not contain 1900 or 2100, neither of which have leap days. Also see: [http://web.archive.org/web/20090214212148/http://developer.apple.com/technotes/tn/tn1150.html Technical Note TN1150 - HFS Plus Volume Format]
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Converting HFS/HFS+ date and time values with Python:
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<pre>
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import datetime
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print datetime.datetime( 1904, 1, 1 ) + datetime.timedelta( seconds=0xCBDAF25B )
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</pre>
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== Launch Agents ==
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System-wide:
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<pre>
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/Library/LaunchAgents
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/System/Library/LaunchAgents
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</pre>
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Per user:
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<pre>
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/Users/$USERNAME/Library/LaunchAgents
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</pre>
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These directories contain  [[Property list (plist)]] files.
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== Launch Daemons ==
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System-wide:
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<pre>
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/Library/LaunchDaemons
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/System/Library/LaunchDaemons
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</pre>
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These directories contain [[Property list (plist)]] files.
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== Startup Items ==
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<pre>
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/Library/StartupItems/
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/System/Library/StartupItems/
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</pre>
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== Crash Reporter ==
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<pre>
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/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter
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</pre>
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Contains text files named .crash, .diag, .spin
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== Diagnostic Reports ==
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<pre>
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/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports
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</pre>
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== Internet Plug-Ins ==
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System-wide:
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<pre>
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/Library/Internet Plug-Ins
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</pre>
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Per user:
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<pre>
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/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Internet Plug-Ins
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</pre>
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== Quarantine event database ==
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See [http://menial.co.uk/blog/2011/06/16/mac-quarantine-event-database/]
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Snow Leopard and earlier
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<pre>
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/Users/$USER/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEvents
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</pre>
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<pre>
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SELECT datetime(LSQuarantineTimeStamp + 978307200, "unixepoch") as LSQuarantineTimeStamp, LSQuarantineAgentName, LSQuarantineOriginURLString, LSQuarantineDataURLString from LSQuarantineEvent;
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</pre>
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Lion and later
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<pre>
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/Users/$USER/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEventsV2
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</pre>
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== sleepimage ==
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This file is similar to the hibernation file on Windows.
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<pre>
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/private/var/vm/sleepimage
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</pre>
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Also see: [http://osxdaily.com/2010/10/11/sleepimage-mac/]
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== Last shutdown logs ==
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<pre>
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/private/var/log/com.apple.launchd/launchd-shutdown.system.log
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/private/var/log/com.apple.launchd/launchd-shutdown.system.log.1
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</pre>
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== Package Files (.PKG) ==
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Package Files (.PKG) are XAR archives [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xar_(archiver)] that contain a cpio archive and metadata [http://s.sudre.free.fr/Stuff/Ivanhoe/FLAT.html].
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== Also see ==
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* [[MacOS Process Monitoring]]
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* [[Acquiring a MacOS System with Target Disk Mode]]
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* [[Converting Binary Plists]]
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* [[FileVault Disk Encryption]]
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* [[File Vault]]
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=== Formats ===
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* [[Basic Security Module (BSM) file format]]
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* [[Property list (plist)]]
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== External Links ==
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* [http://www.apple.com/macosx/ Official website]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X Wikipedia entry on OS X]
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* [http://menial.co.uk/blog/2011/06/16/mac-quarantine-event-database/ Quarantine event database]
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* [http://www2.tech.purdue.edu/cit/Courses/cit556/readings/MacForensicsCraiger.pdf Mac Forensics: Mac OS X and the HFS+ File System] by P. Craiger
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* [http://web.me.com/driley/iWeb/Previous_files/Directory_Services_Overview.pdf Mac OS X Directory Services Integration including Active Directory]
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* [http://digitalinvestigation.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/geek-post-nskeyedarchiver-files-what-are-they-and-how-can-i-use-them/ NSKeyedArchiver files – what are they, and how can I use them?]
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* [http://krypted.com/mac-os-x/command-line-alf-on-mac-os-x/ Command Line ALF on Mac OS X]
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* [http://newosxbook.com/DMG.html Demystifying the DMG File Format]
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* [https://code.google.com/p/mac-security-tips/wiki/ALL_THE_TIPS mac-security-tips]
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=== Apple Examiner ===
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* [http://www.appleexaminer.com/ The Apple Examiner]
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* [http://www.appleexaminer.com/MacsAndOS/Analysis/USBOSX/USBOSX.html USB Entries on OS X]
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* [http://www.appleexaminer.com/Downloads/MacForensics.pdf Macintosh Forensics - A Guide for the Forensically Sound Examination of a Macintosh Computer] by Ryan R. Kubasiak
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=== EFI ===
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* [http://refit.sourceforge.net/info/boot_process.html The Intel Mac boot process], by the [[rEFIt|rEFIt project]]
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* [http://ho.ax/posts/2012/02/carving-up-efi-fat-binaries/ Carving up EFI fat binaries], by snare, February 24, 2012
  
=== PDB ===
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=== iCloud ===
* [https://code.google.com/p/pdbparse/ pdbparse], Open-source parser for Microsoft debug symbols (PDB files)
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* [http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4865?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US iCloud: iCloud security and privacy overview]
  
=== Minidump ===
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[[Category:Mac OS X]]
* [http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315271 Dumpchk.exe], by [[Microsoft]]
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[[Category:Operating systems]]
* [http://amnesia.gtisc.gatech.edu/~moyix/minidump.py minidump.py], by [[Brendan Dolan-Gavitt]]
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Apple Inc.'s Macintosh OS X (pronounced "OS Ten") is the operating system distributed with Apple computers. It includes heavily used several programs by default, including Apple Mail, a web browser called Safari, and an Apple Address Book, and iCal.

EFI boot

The firmware is responsible for initializing the hardware and performing a POST (Power-On Self Test).

The default boot volume is stored in NVRAM and can be configured through the "Startup Disk" preference pane or the nvram command line utility [1]. Additional boot arguments can be provided via the "boot-args" value [2].

Mac OS X estends EFI with a read-only HFS+ driver.

HFS+ volume header fields are used to point to a "blessed file" to be loaded as an EFI application.

Mac OS X EFI boot process supports both MZ-PE/COFF and EFI fat binary type executables.

/com.apple.recovery.boot/boot.efi
/System/Library/CoreServices/boot.efi
/usr/standalone/i386/boot.efi

The behavior of boot.efi can be configured in the com.apple.Boot.plist [3] which can be found in:

/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/

Disk image types

Mac OS X has support for various disk image types build-in, some of which are:

Burn Folder

Mac OS X Burn Folder:

$NAME.fpbf

This folder normally contains alias files (similar to LNK files under Windows). Which should have the following signature.

00000000  62 6f 6f 6b 00 00 00 00  6d 61 72 6b 00 00 00 00  |book....mark....|

These alias files contain additional date and time values.

Also check the following files for references to deleted .fpbf paths:

/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Preferences/com.apple.sidebarlists.plist

Actual burning of optical media is logged in:

/var/log/system.log
/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Logs/DiscRecording.log
/private/var/.logs_exporter/cache/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Logs/DiscRecording.log

HFS/HFS+ date and time values

In HFS+ date and time values are stored in an unsigned 32-bit integer containing the number of seconds since January 1, 1904 at 00:00:00 (midnight) UTC (GMT). This is slightly different from HFS where the date and time value are stored using the local time. The maximum representable date is February 6, 2040 at 06:28:15 UTC (GMT). The date values do not account for leap seconds. They do include a leap day in every year that is evenly divisible by four. This is sufficient given that the range of representable dates does not contain 1900 or 2100, neither of which have leap days. Also see: Technical Note TN1150 - HFS Plus Volume Format

Converting HFS/HFS+ date and time values with Python:

import datetime

print datetime.datetime( 1904, 1, 1 ) + datetime.timedelta( seconds=0xCBDAF25B )

Launch Agents

System-wide:

/Library/LaunchAgents
/System/Library/LaunchAgents

Per user:

/Users/$USERNAME/Library/LaunchAgents

These directories contain Property list (plist) files.

Launch Daemons

System-wide:

/Library/LaunchDaemons
/System/Library/LaunchDaemons

These directories contain Property list (plist) files.

Startup Items

/Library/StartupItems/
/System/Library/StartupItems/

Crash Reporter

/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter

Contains text files named .crash, .diag, .spin

Diagnostic Reports

/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports

Internet Plug-Ins

System-wide:

/Library/Internet Plug-Ins

Per user:

/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Internet Plug-Ins

Quarantine event database

See [4]

Snow Leopard and earlier

/Users/$USER/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEvents
SELECT datetime(LSQuarantineTimeStamp + 978307200, "unixepoch") as LSQuarantineTimeStamp, LSQuarantineAgentName, LSQuarantineOriginURLString, LSQuarantineDataURLString from LSQuarantineEvent;

Lion and later

/Users/$USER/Library/Preferences/com.apple.LaunchServices.QuarantineEventsV2

sleepimage

This file is similar to the hibernation file on Windows.

/private/var/vm/sleepimage

Also see: [5]

Last shutdown logs

/private/var/log/com.apple.launchd/launchd-shutdown.system.log
/private/var/log/com.apple.launchd/launchd-shutdown.system.log.1

Package Files (.PKG)

Package Files (.PKG) are XAR archives [6] that contain a cpio archive and metadata [7].

Also see

Formats

External Links

Apple Examiner

EFI

iCloud