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[3]: Maybe I'm crazy...
by kaiwai on Wed 2nd Mar 2011 09:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Maybe I'm crazy..."
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How about not giving average applications access to so much user data (which they really don't need) as a default setting, but giving the user the option to choose to do so for software which requires it, with an UAC/gksudo-like window ?

Apple already provide sandboxing API's but unless Apple enables a way where applications refuse to run unless they're sandboxed I simply don't see things changing. The solution is there, it has been there for quite some time but are you willing to be told that 99% of your applications will fail to run because they're not using sandboxing by default?

There is security on one side of the coin and on the other side the practical considerations.

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