AOSX-14-002021 - The macOS system must be configured to disable sending diagnostic and usage data to Apple.


It is detrimental for operating systems to provide, or install by default, functionality exceeding requirements or mission objectives. These unnecessary capabilities or services are often overlooked and therefore may remain unsecured. They increase the risk to the platform by providing additional attack vectors.

Operating systems are capable of providing a wide variety of functions and services. Some of the functions and services, provided by default, may not be necessary to support essential organizational operations (e.g., key missions, functions).

Examples of non-essential capabilities include but are not limited to games, software packages, tools, and demonstration software not related to requirements or providing a wide array of functionality not required for every mission but that cannot be disabled.

The ability to submit diagnostic data to Apple must be disabled.


This setting is enforced using the 'Restrictions Policy' configuration profile.

The setting 'Send diagnostic & usage data to Apple' is found in System Preferences >> Security & Privacy >> Privacy >> Diagnostics & Usage.

Uncheck the box that says 'Send diagnostic & usage data to Apple.'

To apply the setting from the command line, run the following commands:

/usr/bin/defaults read '/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/DiagnosticMessagesHistory.plist' AutoSubmit
/usr/bin/sudo /usr/bin/defaults write '/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/DiagnosticMessagesHistory.plist' AutoSubmit -bool false
/usr/bin/sudo /bin/chmod 644 /Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/DiagnosticMessagesHistory.plist
/usr/bin/sudo /usr/bin/chgrp admin /Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/DiagnosticMessagesHistory.plist

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References: 800-53|CM-7b., CAT|II, CCI|CCI-000382, Rule-ID|SV-209585r610285_rule, STIG-ID|AOSX-14-002021, STIG-Legacy|SV-105047, STIG-Legacy|V-95909, Vuln-ID|V-209585

Plugin: Unix

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