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Monday, April 16, 2012

Apple Releases Flashback Removal Tool

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.macworld.com/article/116...l#lsrc.rss_main

"Still stressed about the Flashback Trojan horse, that insidious bit of Mac malware that has infected hundreds of thousands of computers?"

Well, if you were waiting for Apple to come out with something to fix it instead of going at it yourself, your wait is over. Apple released their own tool called the "Flashback Malware Removal Tool" which will remove the "most common" variants of the virus.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

3rd Time the Charm for Java Update?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:51 PM

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/arti...ack_infections/

"Apple released Java for OS X 2012-003 Thursday afternoon, a software update that removes 'the most common variants of the Flashback malware.' Thursday's update was foreshadowed by an announcement on Apple's support page Tuesday."

You can download the update here, and this is the 3rd one in a week that Apple has issued. This update also disables the automatic execution of applets, and if you restore them and then don't use applets for an "extended period of time," it will automatically disable them again. In other news, it appears that this might not be as widespread as initially thought.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Did Dvorak Go Too Far?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:30 PM

http://www.mactech.com/2011/05/30/g...ter-tech-speaks

"Long known for foot-in-mouth statements, pundit John C. Dvorak has shown his utter contempt and envy for the Apple platform once again. In an article published by "PC Magazine" he actually roots for the recent Mac Defender trojan."

I'd say rooting for people to write more viruses, worms, etc for OS X so that Mac users can suffer right along with Windows users is going a bit far, and so does Greg in this current edition of Greg's Bite. He really takes Dvorak to task and doesn't pull any punches. Interesting read, and I'm wondering if Dvorak does this stuff just to generate controversy, because he couldn't really believe it would be a good thing could he? What are your thoughts?


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Apple Support Document Posted to Detail Mac Defender Removal

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:13 PM

http://www.appleinsider.com/article...er_malware.html

"Apple has posted a support document explaining how to "avoid or remove" Mac Defender and stated it would release an update to Mac OS X to automatically find and remove the malware."

You can find out what Apple says at the support document site here, but basically they describe Mac Defender as a phishing scam using redirects to trick you into believing your computer has a virus. Then you get conned into buying a product to remove the virus only to find out that they never had a virus in the first place, or at least I would hope they find out they got conned. The support document details steps on removal of this crap, or you can wait until the OS X update that will be coming out "soon" that will find and remove this malware and others like it for you.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Crying Wolf or a Good Reminder About Malware?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/why-...on-its-way/3243

"Oh, the rationalizations people come up with to explain away what they don't want to hear. Last week, when I wrote Coming soon to a Mac near you: serious malware, I expected to get an earful from Mac partisans telling me how wrong I was. They didn't disappoint."

His article at ZDNet was a heads up of sorts, letting the OS X users know not to get too relaxed about malware, and citing several sources as to why he believes it is coming. Of course he knew he would be getting replies from the OS X "zealots" (or should I say "Mac Faithful") about this article, so he responds here point by point. Bottom line is, to me, you have to be careful regardless of the platform you are using. Malware can come in many forms so watch what you are doing on the Internet. It seems that Gruber doesn't put much faith in any of this malware business though, at least according to his post here. What are your thoughts? Is Ed Bott really crying wolf as Gruber suggests?


Friday, February 19, 2010

Firefox Patches 3.5x, Extends Support

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.macworld.com/article/146...ss_products_mac

"Mozilla on Wednesday patched five vulnerabilities, three of them critical, in older editions of Firefox and in the process extended the support life of Firefox 3.0 by at least one more month."

The latest browser, Firefox 3.6 already has the patches so you don't have to worry about this update if that is the version you have. This update fixes "critical flaws in the Gecko rendering engines, the HTML parsers and their implementations of Web Worker." Basically it allowed hackers to inject their own malware onto the machines. This update also covered a couple more moderate vulnerabilities and also extended the support for this version of Firefox until August of 2010. You can download version 3.5x here, or go ahead and get 3.6 here


Monday, August 31, 2009

Malware Blocker in Snow Leopard

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=4104

"Apple's commercials may give the impression that Macs are virus-free but the company isn't taking any chances with the newest Mac OS X refresh."

I've never had a problem with malware or viruses either, but it is nice to know this is part of the package. Certain forms of malware have been found in some Mac products, albeit pirated ones, so it is good Apple is acknowledging the possibility, even if they are doing it below the radar.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Firefox Update 3.0.8 to Fix Unpatched Security Flaw

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.macworld.com/article/139...l?lsrc=rss_news

"Online attack code has been released targeting a critical, unpatched flaw in the Firefox browser. The attack code, written by security researcher Guido Landi was published on several security sites Wednesday, sending Firefox developers scrambling to patch the issue. Until the flaw is patched, this code could be modified by attackers and used to sneak unauthorized software onto a Firefox user's machine."

Mozilla has the fix written and they expect to have it available for download next week. This bug affects not only Mac OS but Linux, and can trick a user into installing unauthorized software after viewing a coded XML page. Good to know they stay on top of these things, guess that is the benefit of making these types of things public. Flip side is that it lets hackers know there is a problem they can exploit. But I guess if it was a hacker that was into this type of thing, they would already know about it.


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