Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Nov 2006 21:39 UTC
Mac OS X Source code for a Mac virus has gone public, a security company warned Friday, and although the original doesn't carry a malicious payload, more dangerous variants can be expected. The virus, dubbed 'OSX.Macarena' by Symantec, targets some, but not all, Mac OS X Mach-O executables. "Although methods of infecting Mach-O binaries have been publicly available for some time, this marks the first known fully functional Mach-O file infecter virus," Symantec noted in an alert to customers of its DeepSight threat network on Friday. "The source code for this virus is publicly available and as such it is possible that variants may be trivially developed to extend the virus's functionality."
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by dvhh on Tue 7th Nov 2006 16:16 UTC in reply to "RE"
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bad registry access such as HKML for a limited user is a bad software design I find everywhere( even for the last flash plugins for example ).

but again as for windows, user account compromission could be dreadful if not taken seriously on OSX.

plus I will repeat again, limiting uses of removable devices on workstation for limited account is not a bad idea either, as they pose more and more security problem (think floppies, think information leakage ).

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