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Leopard Technical Q&As: Darwin
Mac OS X provides a number of authorization, authentication, and cryptographic services that developers can use to build security into their applications. Developers can use certain security-related programming techniques (such as enabling root access) at the Darwin or core OS level to enable applications to perform operations not ordinarily supported by these APIs.

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Mac OS X and root access (HTML)
QA1013: Describes how to enable root access in Mac OS X.
Security Framework Error Codes (HTML)
QA1499: Explains how to interpret errors returned by the Security Framework with an overview of Security error handling.
Suppressing the "unexpectedly quit" alert (HTML)
QA1288: Describes how to suppress the "unexpectedly quit" alert.