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self-protection feature in Endpoint Security for Mac Technical Level
Solution
Important:
  • While self-protection is enabled, uninstalling or upgrading Endpoint Security will require the Organizational uninstall password.
  • Organizational password is normally set in SmartEndpoint before any computers are connected. It can be updated at any time. See Administration guide.
  • self-protection is available for Endpoint Security for Windows as well.
  • In E84.30 for Mac this feature is disabled by default, but in future releases, it will be enabled.
  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later is required.
There are two options to enable Self Protection:

Enable self-protection by enabling feature flag inside installation package

After exporting the installation package zip from server, unzip and open the following file in a text editor: 
Endpoint Security Installer.app/Contents/Resources/Configurations/.InstallationManifest.plist
 
Change the following setting from “false” to “true”
       <key>Features</key>
        <dict>
                <key>SelfProtection</key>
                <string>false</string>
        </dict>
 

Manage self-protection after installation using cpSelfProtection utility

  • The utility is located here:
/Library/Application\ Support/Checkpoint/Endpoint\ Security/cpSelfProtection 
  • It is possible to turn self-protection on/off.  
  • When self-protection is on, it is possible to temporarily disable it until next restart (reboot/upgrade) using enable/disable options.
  • Note, it is possible to provide the password as an argument.  If password is not provided, an authentication dialog will appear.
  • To avoid authentication dialogs during upgrade, an MDM solution can use the utility to disable self-protection before running the upgrade.

This solution has been verified for the specific scenario, described by the combination of Product, Version and Symptoms. It may not work in other scenarios.

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