The Hacker

The Hacker's Guide to OS X

Exploiting OS X from the Root Up

Written by two experienced penetration testers the material presented discusses the basics of the OS X environment and its vulnerabilities. Including but limited to; application porting, virtualization utilization and offensive tactics at the kernel, OS and wireless level. This book provides a comprehensive in-depth guide to exploiting and compromising the OS X platform while offering the necessary defense and countermeasure techniques that can be used to stop hackers

As a resource to the reader, the companion website will provide links from the authors, commentary and updates.


Security Professionals (Security Auditors, Security Engineers,), Cyber security professionals, hackers, programmers focused on secure coding, and reverse engineers

Paperback, 248 Pages

Published: November 2012

Imprint: Syngress

ISBN: 978-1-59749-950-7


  • "Authors Robert Bathurst, Russ Rogers and Alijohn Ghassemlouei detail the fundamentals of the OS X environment and its many vulnerabilities…The book is a like a slimmed-down version of Hacking Exposed for the Mac…in that it both shows how to attack the operating system, in addition to detailing defensive measures to stop attackers.", March 5, 2013


  • 1. Introduction

    2. Pre carbon

    3. Post carbon

    4. Filesystem

    5. Footprint

    6. Application and System Vulnerabilities

    7. Defensive Applications

    8. Offensive Tactics

    9. Reverse Engineering

    10. Mobile Platforms

    11. Awesome Tips


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