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]: Comment by larwilliams
by mrstep on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 22:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by larwilliams"
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Wow, a full half-dozen? Should I be concerned when this random software asks for the admin password?

There was the one embedded in the iWork bittorrent downloads as well - I can come up with a real example off the top of my head, so I'm not saying there aren't any trojans. If you're an idiot, sure, install the Russian iWork variant or some unknown codec. I don't blame Microsoft for Windows users installing trojans either - it's social engineering, not an OS issue - and every OS has users who will click the OK button and type in a password.

My point was that there hasn't been an actual virus or worm. And I'm still not saying it won't ever happen, but I haven't had to deal with/worry about AV crap, rootkits, keyloggers, etc. since 2003 myself when I ditched the lovely Windows world. I'll be very sad if that security does fall at some point, but 8 years for me of not wondering if a random jpeg in an ad on CNN has taken over the computer is certainly nice.

Interestingly, Apple may just end up protecting the Mac more with the App Store there too now if you're willing to purchase through that channel. (Ignoring arguments for/against curated apps, etc., just saying for a lot of users that may make life easier/safer too...)

Edited 2011-03-03 22:17 UTC

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