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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Comment by larwilliams
by larwilliams on Tue 1st Mar 2011 01:16 UTC
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2007-04-03

Code execution! Indicative of rise in Mac malware!

Typical sensationalist OSNews article summary. Neither of those things is mentioned in the SophosLabs article at all. It's basically malware that uses the same type of stupidity that the dumbest of Windows users fall for. The worst part is that such a thing will be likely to work Mac OSX, because Apple has lulled users into a false belief that it is more secure and users will be dumb enough to happily type in their Administrator password.

The ONLY reason why there is no Mac OSX malware is because its market share is too small for anyone to give a crap. IF it ever gets above 10% in the US, Canada and EU, look out. It will be found to be just as susceptible to the same problems Windows has.

Edited 2011-03-01 01:17 UTC

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RE: Comment by larwilliams
by gumoz on Tue 1st Mar 2011 01:23 in reply to "Comment by larwilliams"
gumoz Member since:
2008-05-15

LOL, as suggested by the writer, it never materialize.

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larwilliams Member since:
2007-04-03

LOL, as suggested by the writer, it never materialize.

All it appears to be is a leaked proof of concept. Mac fanboys can mod down my original post all they like, but the points are still valid. Nobody really cares to write malware for OSX because less than 10% of people actually use it.

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RE: Comment by larwilliams
by puelocesar on Tue 1st Mar 2011 03:22 in reply to "Comment by larwilliams"
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2008-10-30

Are you sure? There's so much (somehow justified) hate towards Apple these days, I'm surprised there are almost no malware pranks out there..

Well, or maybe Windows isn't as secure as it's fanboys want it to be...

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RE: Comment by larwilliams
by dacresni on Tue 1st Mar 2011 15:15 in reply to "Comment by larwilliams"
dacresni Member since:
2009-08-26

That title was sarcastic you twit. In case you didn't know, code execution is quite important to classical computer operation.

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larwilliams Member since:
2007-04-03

That title was sarcastic you twit. In case you didn't know, code execution is quite important to classical computer operation.

If you were smarter, you would see that I was commenting on the tone of the summary, which was quite sensationalist, and not whether code execution is possible. Obviously code execution is important to the operation of a computer. Any programmer or tech worth his/her salt knows that.

It's typical around here to downplay any faults in Apple products, and this is just another lame attempt to lull people into believe their products are secure.

Edited 2011-03-01 17:13 UTC

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RE: Comment by larwilliams
by mrstep on Tue 1st Mar 2011 20:27 in reply to "Comment by larwilliams"
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2009-07-18

Funny, I thought the article cleary was a put-down of the sensationalists, which I thought was pretty reasonable considering the lack of real danger (yet again). (Note that the headline now is:"Supposed Mac OS X Trojan Another Piece of Linkbait", not sure if it was different earlier.)

Not saying it won't ever happen, but looking at the number of comments from Windows fanboys on sites like DailyTech - where the author actually was defending calling this thing a 'virus' - you know, because even if you have to install it yourself, the virus term is so broad now (uh, I'm thinking virus / trojan / worm, but apparently that's now too 'technical'), clearly there are people who really desperately want OSX to get a real virus, and it just hasn't happened. Maybe they can get on the 12/21/12 doomsday thing instead?

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larwilliams Member since:
2007-04-03

Funny, I thought the article cleary was a put-down of the sensationalists, which I thought was pretty reasonable considering the lack of real danger (yet again). (Note that the headline now is:"Supposed Mac OS X Trojan Another Piece of Linkbait", not sure if it was different earlier.)

Not saying it won't ever happen, but looking at the number of comments from Windows fanboys on sites like DailyTech - where the author actually was defending calling this thing a 'virus' - you know, because even if you have to install it yourself, the virus term is so broad now (uh, I'm thinking virus / trojan / worm, but apparently that's now too 'technical'), clearly there are people who really desperately want OSX to get a real virus, and it just hasn't happened. Maybe they can get on the 12/21/12 doomsday thing instead?


I guess you have forgot that there are at least half a dozen very real trojans infecting OSX installations since 2008?

OSX/Jahlav aka "MacAccess" is a prime example of one. It's a typical "missing codec" trojan that used itself to download and install more crap.

Edited 2011-03-02 04:18 UTC

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