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wilburpan
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2005-08-09

"As for the technical possibility of writing a virus for OS X, I do not understand what you think the problem is. You can modify binaries that you have permission to access, and can do so in such a way as to be self-replicating...."

Which still begs the question, why hasn't someone done this already?

Again, I can't believe there isn't some hacker out there that wouldn't want the title of "Writer of the First Mac Virus".

That's why I think there is a problem. If it was a trivial exercise, then it would have already been done.

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Get a Life Member since:
2006-01-01

I'm sorry, but silly arguments like "if it was so easy then it would be done to my satisfaction" don't carry any weight with me.

Everything I told you is true. You can patch binaries to execute arbitrary self-replicating code and then function normally. There have been fairly primitive linux viruses that have done just that. Doing this is substantially easier than obtaining a useful vector for distributing the virus.
The payoff for writing Windows viruses is far greater, in that they're actually distributed.

They would also not be the author of the first MacOS virus. There were a small number of MacOS viruses before OS X. If Apple ever obtains a larger share of the personal computing market, that would be a major incentive.

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