Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th May 2011 17:02 UTC, submitted by kaiwai
Mac OS X Well, it took them long enough. Apple has finally acknowledged the existence of the MAC Defender trojan, and has offered removal instructions. The company has also promised a security update to Mac OS X that will block MAC Defender and its variants from working. All this information was published in the form of a support document on Apple's website. Update: Well, that was fast. A new variant of the trojan, called Mac Guard, has been discovered. Unlike previous variants, this one does not require users to enter their administrative password.
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jabbotts
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2007-09-06

It was only a week from start to finish forthe antenna issues? I thought the PR denial campaign lasted longer then that.

First, Apple clames perfection in it's marketing. It's magic. It's revolutionary. It's invulnerable to all but good intentions. No one ever needs AV when running osX. They paint a pretty big target on there backs.

Second, when something is found, they automatically go into a denial PR campaign. There is no issue with our antenna; oh.. sorry, there was and here's a free rubber band to fix it. Malware on our products? No such thing, oh.. wait.. let us see about fixing that.

Remember how there was no problem in the osX network stack and drivers. They denied all alegations of an issue while at the same time threatening legal action against researchers presenting evidence. Six months later they quietly slipped a driver and stack patch into the update cycle. "we're apple, perfect in every way. Pay no attention to the lawyers threatening those folks or this update to fix something that didn't exist."

How about some actually transparency and responsable disclosure on Apple's part. Let's see Apple's PR spinsters respond with "yeah, we heard about that and are looking into it now. We'll have more details soon."

The issue is not that Apple products, like any other product, ship with some bugs. It's that the marketing claims no such possability while the automatic response is a cover-up leaving the end users at risk until Apple deems it apropriate to ship a fix.

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