Product security certifications for macOS

This article contains references for key product certifications, cryptographic validations, and security guidance for macOS platforms.

In addition to the general certificates listed here, other certificates may have been issued in order to demonstrate specific security requirements for some markets. 

Contact us at security-certifications@apple.com if you have any questions.

The following documents can be useful in context with these certifications and validations:

For information on public certifications related to Apple Internet Services, see:

For information on public certifications related to Apple applications, see:

For information on public certifications related to Apple operating systems, see:

For information on public certifications related to hardware and associated firmware components, see:

For information on hardening guides for Apple devices, see:

Cryptographic module validations

All Apple FIPS 140-2/-3 Conformance Validation Certificates are on the CMVP web site. Apple actively engages in the validation of the CoreCrypto User and CoreCrypto Kernel modules for each major release of an operating system. Validation of conformance can only be performed against a final module release version and formally submitted upon OS public release. 

The CMVP maintains the validation status of cryptographic modules under four separate lists depending on their current status. The modules may begin in the Implementation Under Test List and then proceed to the Modules in Process List. Once validated they appear on the validated cryptographic modules list, and after five years are moved to the "historical" list.

In 2020 the CMVP adopt the international standard, ISO/IEC 19790, as the basis for FIPS 140-3.

For more information about FIPS 140-2/-3 validations see Apple Platform Security.

Platform/OS CMVP Certificate Number Module Name Module Type SL Validation Date Documents
macOS user space, kernel space, and secure key store (sepOS) are currently under test. Please check the Implementation Under Test List and the Modules in Process List.
macOS 10.14
Mojave
3431 Apple CoreCrypto Kernel Module v9.0 for Intel SW 1 2019-04-12
3402 Apple CoreCrypto User Module v9.0 for Intel SW 1 2019-04-12
3523

Apple Secure Key Store Cryptographic Module v9.0

(sepOS)

HW 2 2019-09-10
macOS 10.13
High Sierra
3156 Apple CoreCrypto Kernel Module v8.0 for Intel SW 1 2018-03-22
3155 Apple CoreCrypto User Module v8.0 for Intel SW 1 2018-03-22
3223 Apple Secure Key Store Cryptographic Module v1.0

(sepOS)
HW 1 2019-09-10

Previous versions

These previous OS X versions had cryptographic module validations. Those greater than five years old are listed by the CMVP with "historical" status:

  • macOS Sierra 10.12
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9
  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8
  • OS X Lion 10.7
  • OS X Snow Leopard 10.6

Common Criteria (CC) certifications

NIAP typically maintain evaluations on the Product Compliant List for 2 years after which they are reviewed for conformance with the current assurance maintenance policy. The CC Portal may maintain products on the certified product list for 5 years. 

The Common Criteria Portal lists certifications that can be mutually recognized under the Common Criteria Recognition Arrangement (CCRA).

For more information about Common Criteria certifications see Apple Platform Security.

  Scheme ID Title Protection Profile(s) Date Certified Documents

Evaluations with NIAP for macOS evaluations using the General purpose operating system and full disk encryption(AA and EE) Protection Profiles are underway. 

Products in evaluation (NIAP)

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