MacDefender taking on more names of legitimate software packages

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Hugh, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Hugh macrumors 6502a

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    It looks like there is a new version of the scarewere, and this time they are using legit software names to get the users to install it.

    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20068726-263.html?tag=cnetRiver

    Hugh

    PS I'm kinda surprised that this isn't on the front page. :/
     
  2. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    It's happening. Apple needs to admit that OS X can have malware problems too, or lock down OS X like iOS. I know which one I'd prefer them to do.
     
  3. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    They just released a malware removal tool that updates itself daily. How much more "admitting that there's a problem" is needed?

    IMO, they need to change Safari so that it doesn't open and launch zip files.
     
  4. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Lock it all down like iOS on iPhones and iPads. Problem solved. And they'll still sell more Macs.
     
  5. Melrose macrumors 604

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    Or at least mention that all it takes is unticking the box in Safari preferences. Firefox has the same feature, it's just off by default.
     
  6. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    OS X does not have malware problems, the problem exists somewhere between the keyboard and chair.
     
  7. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    I thought the same, but was to chicken to state it.

    I get a password request, every time. :apple:
     
  8. stroked Suspended

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    That is one of the reasons I don't own anything iOS.
     
  9. Cybbe macrumors 6502

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    Semantics. OS X is designed to be used by humans. It should provide mechanisms protecting the end user from such exploits. Installing Mac Defender takes three clicks, no password, and just a normal dose of gullibility. The end user isn't the only problem.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can't fully protect against a user's deliberate actions. The problem IS the user. No software can replace the effectiveness of an informed, prudent user.
     
  11. polaris20 macrumors 68020

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    An interesting option, however I think it should be optional, and it should support different user-approved repositories. For example, I'd like the option to turn off the protection altogether, and also to have it so I could install other repositories. For example, I'd like the Mac App Store, the Amazon Mac Store, and perhaps a work repository, where all in-house developed apps reside.

    There is no patch for human stupidity. Malware is a cat and mouse game for OS developers, and there's nothing you can possibly do to prevent a user from installing something. How is the computer to know what's legit and what isn't? It can't.
     
  12. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    Since Apple can't solve the problem at its source (there will ALWAYS be stupid people, natural selection doesn't apply anymore :p), they should just remove the auto open functionnality. The main threat here is Safari: it won't happen using Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or any other browser.
     
  13. RafaelT macrumors 65816

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    I want to be able to install anything I want without too much interference by the OS. They should not start locking things down because some people are uneducated. The current system of giving the user a warning is adequate. Apple will continue to update the warning system as soon as they can.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I completely agree they should change the default selection in Safari, even if they don't remove the option completely. Also as a default, the firewall should be enabled and Java should be disabled, giving more advanced users the option to change things as needed.
     
  15. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Apple never once ever said they cannot have malware problems. Not once. Read that whole thing:
    http://www.apple.com/macosx/security/

    +1 I still don't consider this a problem at all. Yes its malware on Mac OS, but only non-savvy computer users would install such a thing. Practice safe computing practices and you are fine from the current threats to MacOS.
     
  16. Hugh thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am really surprised at you. Your Pro Apple every thing, but you want them to lock down Mac OS. This doesn't make sense to me. :confused: If they lock every thing down, this will turn off a lot of developers for the plat form. There goes STEAM sense it's not part of the Mac APP Store. It's a competing store, can't have that can we. Only Apple approved APPs and not allowing other programs in unless you jail break the OS. Yeah, that sounds like a lot of fun for the average user, for those that do have a clue know there is an ALL YOU CAN EAT programs out there on the net and easy to get to.

    Why have Java turned off. I play POGO games and you have to have JAVA turned on to play the games. Yes I know it POGO eww yuck, they just happen have some net games to play on there. :/


    Hugh
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Read the last part of the Mac Virus/Malware Info link I posted.
     
  18. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, because iOS never gets hacked. Ever. That's how all those jailbreaks keep getting made, isn't it? It must be the total security the system has. Oh, wait :rolleyes:
     

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