Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Mar 2011 00:28 UTC
Mac OS X It's sad to see that even after all these years, we still have to write articles like this one. It's all over the web right now: a new backdoor Mac OS X trojan discovered! Code execution! Indicative of rise in Mac malware! Until, of course, you actually take a look at what's going on, and see that not only is it not in the wild, it can't really do anything because it's a beta.
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RE: Maybe I'm crazy...
by wannabe geek on Tue 1st Mar 2011 12:44 UTC in reply to "Maybe I'm crazy..."
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Well. it can make a real difference if you are taking advantage of the Unix security model. For instance, if you create a different user to own your backups, then a user-level malware can't nuke them. If you run a rootkit detector on boot, if you have a low privilege user for dangerous activities, and so on, same thing. One caveat, though, the X server has a lousy security, so I would recommend to run diffent users in different virtual consoles. I used to run two X sessions at once, one for graphical admin tools like Synaptic and one for user stuff. You can also do without graphical admin tools and use command-line ones. Now I got tired of it and I just stick to frequent updates, NoScript and common sense, waiting for an object-capability OS.

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