Worm targets Macs via Bluetooth

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Mac OS X
    Link: Worm targets Macs via Bluetooth
    Description:: A new computer worm targeting Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh computers has been identified for the second time in one week, security experts said.

    Posted on MacBytes.com
    Approved by Mudbug
  2. macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2003
    "The Bluetooth flaw the worm exploits was addressed by Apple in mid-2005, when the company released a patch to protect against it."


    oh when oh when will apple fix all these security holes?? oh wait, they already have.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2003
    Just out of curiousity did Apple patch 10.2 systems?
  4. macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    People complain about this on a Mac but there were plenty of these types of issues with Windows XP SP1 regarding BlueTooth and yet it wasn't published as much......
  5. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    A worm is now the same thing as a trojan?! :confused:

    Wow, "security experts" indeed. ;)
  6. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    An "emerging trend" says Symantec :rolleyes:

    OK, so "this particular worm is not fully functional" and was patched LAST YEAR.

    And yet "A new computer worm targeting Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh computers has been identified for the second time in one week, security experts said."

    But neither "worm" has ANY ability to travel the Internet!

    A fact CNN fails to mention--again. They talk about it spreading over iChat, and mention AIM... when in reality it CANNOT spread over AIM-compatible iChat, only over Bonjour... which is off by default.

    Really, these facts emerged days ago. Why are they still being misleadingly reported?

    (And let's be clear for the uninitiated: Bluetooth has nothing to do with public wireless access points.)

    More realistically worrisome (meaning still not much by Windows standards) is auto-execution of certain scripts by Safari and Mail, which ironically is getting no mainstream press. At least that's a REAL unpatched hole, something neither of these recent "viruses" have going for them. Then again, there's no malware exploiting the hole, and Apple is bound to release a security update for it shortly.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2005
    Well, in the news business, you report what your audience wants you to hear. CNN Tech's audience is full of Windows nerds. And Windows nerds want to hear about Macs getting viruses, because they're so jealous. No one cares about Windows viruses, because we're so used to them popping up every three seconds.

    Simple. :)
  8. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    Well there's the problem right there, what on Earth was Apple thinking? Why would they have named something "the Apple Mac OS X BlueTooth Directory Traversal Vulnerability"?!? :p :D

    But seriously, if this was already patched by Apple, then I think CNN is doing even worse reporting than it usually does. Maybe everyone should contact CNN with a polite message letting them know their story is very misleading since it does not mention that the problem has already been patched. The story says it's copyright Reuters, so maybe they should hear from people too. This is different than just bad press, this is inaccurate press.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    That's not from security experts. That's from journalists. There is a special place in hell for the popular press.
    (and no, this is not just because of this article, or even Apple-related articles)
  10. Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    When I first read the article I felt it was a bit off base in terms of facts. I couldn't remember if the issue had been patched or not, but know that their story on the leap worm had quite a few errors in it so, I figured I would submit it here so people could bash CNN's "news" coverage. I thought about sending CNN some links to the forums here that talked about the worms and how ineffective they are so that they could get some facts straight, but figured they wouldn't care.
  11. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    iHole 06 is a better name.

    Actually... iHole 05!
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 7, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Thanks! I sent them my comments.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 26, 2002
    sunny san diego
    "While this particular worm is not fully functional, the source code could be easily modified by a future attacker to do damage," Weafer said, adding that Mac users should install available software patches to their operating systems to prevent such attacks."

    ... and when is symantec planning on completing that code and then selling us anti-virus software?!
  14. macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    The especially hellish part is for them. :mad: News is just about how much money they can make.

    Won't work. I guarantee it.

    Even though this 'virus' attacks OS X via Bluetooth, I have to say Bluetooth is one of the more... un-Apple like experiences with OS X. I have dozens of Bluetooth devices, some duplicates, with no way to remove them. :rolleyes: I can see why Bluetooth was the avenue of attack here...

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