OOPS OSX not virus free anymore...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ImNoSuperMan, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    OK. I`d heard that OSX had some securities flaw but didnt know that someone has already been attacked. Here`s the story. So does it mean no more bragging to my XP using friends "It`s virus free. What else could you ask for after that."

    And it doesnt look like that this is a one time issue. The article says that Macs could be prone to viruses as much as windows in the near future.
     
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  3. G99 macrumors 6502

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    You needn't be too worried. Unlike Windows, Mac viruses need user interaction to activate. All this means is that you've got to be careful when surfing around the 'net. On Safari, you should uncheck opening safe files, in the preferences, to prevent *infection*. When downloading stuff, you should press comm+I to find out what the file really is, and you should be fine. If you are really worried, I suggest going to Terminal's preferences, and setting Terminal to execute the login command when opening a new Terminal window. I don't think there's anything more you can do, 'cause frankly, if you see the downloaded file is an executable, open it, and type in your password in Terminal to allow it to mess about, you're so stupid you deserve to get infected :rolleyes: lol.
    Remember: I could send you a *virus*, but unless you're foolish enough to open it, you won't get *infected*.
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    No, Apple is much more secure than Windows ever will be. Unix is the oldest and more secure OS out there.
     
  5. Superdrive macrumors 6502a

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    Terrible AP Article

    I was going to start a new thread on this, when I read that the Intel transition would prompt more viruses for Mac OS X. Nothing like a little bad press every here and again. Apple had better release something good on Tuesday to stomp this out. ;)
     
  6. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a

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    There's a blanket statement if I've ever heard one...

    I wouldn't say more secure, just different. Fortunately, many approaches to things on OSX make it difficult for something like a worm to propagate, or get root access. Of course, it is not impossible. I think we will see more "attacks" in the future, but I don't think we'll see it on an epidemic scale like we see now with Windows.
     
  7. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816

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    Okay... so there are a few viruses for the Mac. A new Windows virus emerges every 18 seconds. That's a fact too. I'll find the source if somebody really wants it.

    Daniel.
     
  8. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Ooops... this was posted all over the web about 2 months ago.
    But the Intel machines still run the same OS, that has little to do with it.
     
  9. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Except that particular security problem affected only PPC Macs, not Intels.
     
  10. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Ya, I'd like the source. Not because I don't trust you but because my Windows friends won't trust me when I tell them. ;)
     
  11. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    How exactly is this old news?

    These are programs executing without authorization that seem to be taking advantage of these recently published UNPATCHED "holes"

    Apple was notified and supposedly even responded, but the longer they drag their feet, the more they will receive "bad" press...
     
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    This is a story that I have now seen on three news outlets. It is based on the claims of two people and a whole lot of conjecture. The description sounds nothing like a virus. How many times have we read reports of new Mac viruses that turn out to be nothing of the sort. Prudence dictates that we withhold judgement until we get some facts. As things stand, we have none.
     
  13. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Bah, just more FUD. Will people ever give up on this? :rolleyes:
     
  14. BurtonCCC macrumors 65816

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    There are around 53,000 computer viruses in existence, with a new one detected every 18 seconds.

    Look at the fact that the 53,000 virus count was last updated in November of 2004... if anybody wants to do the math on what that means we're at now, I'll buy you a drink.

    Good thing I still had my bibliography on the speech I gave about why Windows sucks. I got an 105% and my professor bought a Mac the next week.

    Daniel.
     
  15. Superdrive macrumors 6502a

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    Just to say a little bit about that article. :rolleyes: The terrible thing about the media is people read it as fact. Not everyone is an expert in every field, so this kind of stuff isn't the best news to be read.
     
  16. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    Has anyone mentioned yet that it wasn't a virus?

    Look at the first sentence in the article...

    I wonder where our friend Ben was browsing. And what the fracking hell is a 'picture of an unreleased update'?

    Sounds like Ben is an idiot. And macs while often being foolproof will never be idiot proof.
     
  17. jimN macrumors 6502a

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    The irony is of course that it all started on macrumors and it was the 'enthusiastic' mac lovers trying to download pictures of their new operatig system (and not porn) that got them in to trouble. Some prompt damage control by a mod could have prevented the whole thing blowing up into what it did.

    The saddest part about it is that when the story broke it exposed mac users for what they were - not smug, feeling safe in their own world zealots but rather people who rather look at a new UI than a woman's breasts. Damn there goes our credibility.
     
  18. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    By my calculations there will be a total of 2,529,800 computer viruses by midnight tonight (give or take). That seems to high (or does it?), did I do something wrong?
     
  19. VanNess macrumors 6502a

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    I love charts! And Secunia, the most oft-quoted security company in just about every discussion of OS security vulnerabilities, does not disappoint.

    Here''s a chart of OS X advisories compiled by Secunia covering the period from 03-06 on a monthly basis. It reports a total of 66 advisories.

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    Now here's the chart for Windows XP. It reports a total of 111 advisories. Almost double the pleasure, double the fun...

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    Well, how well is Apple and Microsoft responding with patches for the above vulnerabilities you ask? The chart for Apple, if you please...

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    It reports that only 2% remain unpatched. Impressive. And now, ladies and gentleman, the same chart for Microsoft....

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    It reports a whopping 20% remain unpatched. :eek: And since there are, as we all know, very real exploits for Windows XP in circulation, only one word comes to mind: ouch!

    But what does all of this mean for the average user? Are their systems really at risk? What's the "impact?" Can someone gain access to their system? Or render it useless with a DOS (denial of service) attack. Once again, with all due trepidation, lets have a peek at the chart for OS X...

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    According to Secunia, 21% of Apple's system vulnerabilities (which we have already seen are largely patched) could have lead to system access and 17% could have lead to a DOS. Geez, thank God Apple is paying attention to this stuff. But what about Microsoft's largely unpatched vulnerabilities in Window's XP? How bad are they? Well, for the brave amongst you, here is the chart. For Microsoft's apologists, it's time to close your eyes...

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    Good God, 50% could lead to system access. 20% could lead to DOS. And as noted above, Microsoft still has their work cut out for them, 20% of its vulnerabilities remain unpatched. And you wonder why there are so much malware on Windows? Probably one of the finest assessments I've ever read regarding the security issue for Windows versus that of OS X is Jon Gruber's Broken Windows article, which still holds true today. And it nails the main issue pertaining to Microsoft that none of the Security firms seem the least bit willing to discuss.
     
  20. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't this virus expire at the end of February anyway?

    IIRC the person that made it made it expire so the code did nothing.
     
  21. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    This article is the biggest 'virus' there is out there. Just google Benjamin Daines was browsing the Web to see how pathetic 'journalism' is.
     
  22. ImNoSuperMan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    heHEHEhe. I think I have downloaded more p0r9 in these last 4 months(since I switched) than my 8 years with PC. Macs are the safest way to find porn on the web. I m just assuming but still I think more than 60% of viruses on XP are downloaded while surfing porn sites. Since, in general, people are more likely to click on a link saying FREE S##,FREE ADULT MOVIES,LIVE WEBCAMS than some other stuff. So it made sense for me to use my iBook for such stuff than my PeeCee.
    Now I know this was all over the web 2 months ago. Me too read it on MR. But the actual point of this article is that even thogh the loopholes were reported to apple 2 months ago, they still havent been fixed. Thats the biggest concern. Nothin is perfect. Nothin can ever be perfect. But if apple had fixed it in time, I wudnt have any problem at all. I m 100% sure we`ll see much more macs in the future(thnx to bootcamp) than ever before. Thereby much better(read bigger) target for hackers/virus coders. There will be definitely more attacks on OSX now. Hackers will try to exploit even the smallest of opportunities. So if Apple takes this long to patch security flaws then I doubt OSX will ever be the same it used to be.

    I agree. That is the case till now. But who knows what will happen next. May be someone will be able to find a way around. Thats my biggest concern. Apple has to react quick. I know it`ll be a tough job. But still this is expected. That was the biggest difference between OSX and XP till date. I wonder by the time we see 10.6 and Vista SP1, OSX may well become another windows. OK that wud be too much. But still anythings possible...
     
  23. dogbone macrumors 68020

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    Seeing as 60% of all web surfing is for pron, your assumption is not unreasonable :)
     

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