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Moroz is a server for the Santa project.

Santa is a binary whitelisting/blacklisting system for macOS. It consists of a kernel extension that monitors for executions, a userland daemon that makes execution decisions based on the contents of a SQLite database, a GUI agent that notifies the user in case of a block decision and a command-line utility for managing the system and synchronizing the database with a server.

Santa is a project of Google's Macintosh Operations Team.

See this short video for a demo.


Moroz uses TOML rule files to specify configuration for Santa. The path to the folder with the configurations can be specified with -configs /path/to/configs.

Moroz expects a global.toml file which contains a list of rules. The global config can be overriden by providing a machine specific config. To do so, name the file for each host with the santa machine id configuration parameter. By default, this is the hardware UUID of the mac.

Below is a sample configuration file:

client_mode = "MONITOR"
#blacklist_regex = "^(?:/Users)/.*"
#whitelist_regex = "^(?:/Users)/.*"
batch_size = 100

rule_type = "BINARY"
policy = "BLACKLIST"
sha256 = "2dc104631939b4bdf5d6bccab76e166e37fe5e1605340cf68dab919df58b8eda"
custom_msg = "blacklist firefox"

rule_type = "CERTIFICATE"
policy = "BLACKLIST"
sha256 = "e7726cf87cba9e25139465df5bd1557c8a8feed5c7dd338342d8da0959b63c8d"
custom_msg = "blacklist dash app certificate"

Creating rules

Acceptable values for client mode:


Values for rule_type:


Values for policy:


use the santactl command to get the sha256 value:

santactl fileinfo /Applications/Firefox.app


The commands below assume you have $GOPATH/bin in your path.

go get -u github.com/golang/dep
dep ensure
cd cmd/moroz; go install; cd -


See moroz -h for a full list of options.

Usage of moroz:
  -configs string
    	path to config folder (default "../../configs")
  -event-logfile string
    	path to file for saving uploaded events (default "/tmp/santa_events")
  -http-addr string
    	http address ex: -http-addr=:8080 (default ":8080")
  -tls-cert string
    	path to TLS certificate (default "server.crt")
  -tls-key string
    	path to TLS private key (default "server.key")
    	print version information


Download the moroz binary from the Releases page. Copy the configs folder from the repo somewhere locally. It must have the global.toml file.

Generate a self signed certificate which will be used by santa and the server for communication.

openssl genrsa -out server.key 2048
openssl rsa -in server.key -out server.key
openssl req -sha256 -new -key server.key -out server.csr -subj "/CN=santa"
openssl x509 -req -sha256 -days 365 -in server.csr -signkey server.key -out server.crt
rm -f server.csr

Add the santa CN to your hosts file.

sudo echo " santa" >> /etc/hosts

Install Santa The latest version of santa is available on the github repo page: https://github.com/google/santa/releases

Configure Santa: You will need to provide the SyncBaseURL and ServerAuthRootsFile settings.

sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.google.santad.plist
sudo defaults write /var/db/santa/config.plist SyncBaseURL https://santa:8080/v1/santa/
sudo defaults write /var/db/santa/config.plist ServerAuthRootsFile $(pwd)/server.crt
sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.google.santad.plist

Start moroz: Assumes you have the ./server.crt and ./server.key files.

moroz -configs /path/to/configs/folder

moroz icon by Souvik Bhattacharjeefrom the Noun Project.