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[2]: Comment by larwilliams
by larwilliams on Tue 1st Mar 2011 17:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by larwilliams"
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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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Wait - I'm pro-Apple now?

http://www.myfacewhen.com/i/453.jpg

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larwilliams Member since:
2007-04-03

Wait - I'm pro-Apple now?

http://www.myfacewhen.com/i/453.jpg

Not saying you are, but most of the articles that are not complaining about their DRM or iTunes app seem to regard them as the best thing since sliced bread, when in reality they are worse than MS.

My problem with this item is that the title and summary come across as very sensationalist and glosses over the truth. Which is that this malware reported by SophosLabs is a very real, but incomplete, proof of concept.

The title of their article doesn't suggest it's malware in the wild, but rather something being worked on

"Mac OS X backdoor Trojan, now in beta?".

The article does not misrepresent it as a malware to be currently worried about at all. Just basically a heads up that something is coming.

The other problem is the several inaccuracies in your own writeup. The Mac version of their software is actually free for anyone to use, Mac's have been the first to fail in pwn2own competitions (so much for being "incredibly secure"), and Windows Vista/7 are vast improvements over XP, but can be easily infected as well (I've seen it first hand).

Edited 2011-03-01 17:28 UTC

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wannabe geek Member since:
2006-09-27

No, Thom, I think everyone knows you use QNX as a desktop ;)

Oh, well, you did for a very long time, anyway.

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