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Getting Mac OS X Leopard's firewall state programatically

Kanivorous asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-12
Hi I am developing for Leopard and trying to figure out how to get the state of the firewall (on or off), or at least access to some settings that will show me whether all incoming connections are allowed, blocked, or configured so that certain applications are blocked or allowed.

I've gone into /usr/libexec/ApplicationFirewall where there is com.apple.alf.plist but the "globalstate" which seems to be the status, doesn't get affected at all when changing firewall states. Anywhere else I can look for any API I can use to get this information? Thanks.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultant

Perhaps this will help

This application .. NoobProof - http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26502/noobproof
Includes the source code .. which should allow you to see how it can access and modify the OSX built-in firewall
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Looks like these programs don't quite touch on the new Application firewall that Leopard comes with. It still manipulates the ipfw configuration. The problem with this is that ipfw settings don't reflect the Application firewall settings and vice versa. But I'll close this case for now since no one seems to know.
Eoin OSullivanConsultant

See this if it is any help

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