Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Feb 2006 17:59 UTC
Mac OS X "[Last week], we reported on a Trojan horse for Mac OS X that is just like the entry for Earth in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in that it is mostly harmless. A new vulnerability targeted at Apple's home-grown web browser, Safari, is another matter entirely. A German security firm appears to have been the first to discover the Safari flaw, which allows for shell scripts to be executed after clicking a link."
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They can do me
by Yamin on Wed 22nd Feb 2006 00:02 UTC
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There is much more the OSs can do. Even for 'stupid' batch/script files that try to delete the whole system. Even if the system itself is not compromised, but the users documents, that's damage enough. A reinstall is easy...redoing hundreds documents and photos is impossible.

A very basic example is MS anti-spyware. By default, it prompts you if a batch file is trying to run. So if a user clicking a picture, which somehow runs a script, it traps it and asks the user what to do. Now, the user might just be an idiot again and click OK, but they might clue in a bit and say...hmmm...this shouldn't happen, it should just show the picture like it normally does, and they click deny.

The OSs can add this kind of monitoring ability and some kind of heuristic to trap 'dangerous' actions or 'illegitimate' network traffic. It won't be perfect, but it will help a lot.

Yes, users need to improve their education, but the OSs can still do a lot more to make life easier.

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