How Apple has responded to Mac malware

How Apple has responded to Mac malware

Summary: In May 2011, Apple issued its first-ever security update designed to remove malware on Macs. Has Apple's response to Mac Defender been good enough for its customers? And is Apple prepared for the next attack? This gallery shows what Apple has done with Security Update 2011-003.

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  • A month after the first customers called its support lines for help, Apple responded to the Mac Defender outbreak with a security update that attempts to block new infections and remove malware that's already been installed. But the bad guys haven't been standing still. They've renamed their hostile software (Mac Shield) and produced at least 15 new versions, forcing Apple to respond with a new set of definitions every day this month.

    For more details, see "Has Apple done enough to fight malware on Macs?"

  • Security Update 2011-003 arrives via Apple Software Update. It provides a new feature that updates anti-malware signatures daily.

    For more details, see "Has Apple done enough to fight malware on Macs?"

Topics: Malware, Apple, Hardware, Security

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  • Apple may not have been as forward as they possibly should have been...

    BUT, you really need to be an idiot to give a user Admin Access without training them, or actually, maybe just giving a user Admin Access.

    You have to have an Admin account to load this crap, THEN download it by clicking on a button, then ENTER YOUR ADMIN PASSWORD, then ignore the warning about it being software from the Internet.

    Geez, how stupid do you have to be?

    No one in my house, my extended family, or my company can be that stupid, because ***I*** am the administrator.

    They cannot be stupid because they cannot download this crap no matter how stupid they are.

    In Windoz, it can be forced into the system by flaws in the OS or IE, or even Macros in Word or Excel.

    Oh, well.
    Fetrow
    • RE: How Apple has responded to Mac malware

      @Fetrow you're a little out of touch because "Mac Guard introduced a new technique that does not require your password to be entered if you are running an Administrator account. As you can see, the malware developers are already introducing new techniques to make it easier for their programs to be installed. I expect as time goes on, these developers will introduce new techniques that will make removing these programs harder to do."

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      @Fetrow
      so your answer to stopping malware on apple divices is to have a personel IT guy in control of all your "i" divices very sensible advice although if MS did the same thing im sure windows would be a lot safer too so not really a apple only safety method, but then i doubt apple pay you to be anyones personnel IT guy so your point is kinda moot on that score and MS does tend to be proactive with security now adays as they learned from history, as flaws are found they push out fixes just like apple has done.
      P.S your family, friends and co workers probably love being called stupid by default. you dont have to be stupid to make mistake just stupid not to learn from them
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      @Fetrow <br>You don't need an administrator password to take over a mac computer and run malicious code as Charlie Miller and the other pwn2own stars will tell you. They've actually proved this. <br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pwn2Own" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pwn2Own</a><br><br>Btw, I think viruses on OSX are a lot more common than people think, it's just that no one knows they are viruses yet. A friend of mine has a mac air and it was behaving very much like it had a virus. Then it wouldn't boot. On most computers I would have just booted into a live linux cd and saved her files for her then reformat the thing. But since it was a mac air and it won't boot from a portable dvd player unless it's made by Apple, I told her to take it to a "Mac Genius" who just reformatted her drive and didn't even attempt to save her files. (I could have done that). She asked the guy what was wrong and he wouldn't give her any information. It wasn't a hardware problem because they didn't change any hardware and thing was practically new and she hadn't installed anything at all on her machine. I'm willing to bet anything that it was a virus!
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