System Integrity Protection Inexplicably Disabled by Default on Some New MacBook Pro Models

Since OS X El Capitan, the operating system that runs on Macs has been protected by a feature called System Integrity Protection (SIP), which is designed to keep your Mac safe from malware by restricting the permissions of the root user account and preventing unauthorized access to protected files and folders.

System Integrity Protection runs behind the scenes and is generally enabled by default in Macs running OS X El Capitan or later, but it seems the feature is inexplicably turned off on some new MacBook Pro models, leaving them vulnerable.

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Developer Jonathan Wight noticed System Integrity Protection was disabled on some machines and tweeted about it this morning, prompting developer Steven Troughton-Smith to do an informal Twitter survey asking users about the status of their new machines.


System Integrity Protection is indeed disabled out of the box on a number of 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, including one machine owned by MacRumors. Not all MacBook Pro models are affected, however, as there are users who are reporting that System Integrity Protection is turned on as expected.

As outlined in Apple's developer documentation, users can check whether SIP is turned on by entering the "csrutil status" command in Terminal. Enabling SIP requires booting into Recovery mode, turning it on using Terminal, and rebooting.

Apple is aware of the issue and will undoubtedly deliver a fix for the issue in an update, but timing for a release is unknown.

Related Forum: MacBook Pro

Top Rated Comments

garirry Avatar
83 months ago
Their quality control is getting ridiculous now.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
srsub3 Avatar
83 months ago
Next year announcement: we have done it with courage! Apple antivirus, only 99.99 in the app store! XD
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nr123*123 Avatar
83 months ago
Yay for quality control.

It's like a car manufacturer releasing a car with no brake pads.

But those emojis, am I right?

I think Tim would fire someone if an emoji was missing. But this will get a patch in a month or two.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
83 months ago
Mine is off, but I did that by myself cause I hate to not have control of my system.
So do the hackers who just pwned you.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Aluminum213 Avatar
83 months ago
Courage mode activated
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Trik Avatar
83 months ago
The NSA forgot to turn it back on after they made some minor adjustments while it was waiting to "clear" customs...
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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