experts by and large agree that security via obscurity is not a wise
model for protecting customers over the long term. That's
exactly the model Apple has employed
successfully for some time now. However, its luck finally
appears to be running short.Hot on the heels of a newly
discovered iOS exploit that allows access to locked iPhones,
new reports   from
security research firms SecureFirm and Intego reveals
that a new trojan is targeting Mac users using a vulnerability in OS
X's Java player.According to the Intego report
the new malware, trojan.osx.boonana.a, is really a reworked version
of the Koobface malware, which has attacked Windows in the past.
The malware acts
as a worm when it spreads and as
a trojan when it is infecting your computer.Users
may encounter the worm via links posted on Facebook, MySpace,
Twitter, and other websites. When clicking the link, the applet
attempts to run. Users can stop the infection before it starts
by denying the applet permission to run when OS X's Java player pops
up a dialogue.If they allow the applet to run, they may get
another warning if they have a Mac antispyware program like
VirusBarrier X6’s Anti-Spyware installed. If they don't get
the warning, or choose to disregard it, the applet will attempt to
make a connection with a remote server and installs a rootkit,
backdoor, command and control, and other elements. These files
are copied to an invisible folder -- .jnana -- in the user's home
directory.If the virus is allowed to carry out its infection
process, the unsuspecting Mac user may find themselves part
of a botnet. When they log on social networks, the virus
will post links to spread the infection. It may also send spam
e-mail via their logged-in accountsOther variants of this
virus target Windows and Linux, making it a rare true cross-platform
virus. All these viruses share the fact that they use the Java
player as a route of attack. According to Intego,
other OS X-specific versions of the virus have shown up, but most are
broken or try to connect to offline servers.The malware could
become potentially more dangerous in the future if it is able to
eliminate the warnings from the Java player and/or change the
name/location of the infection directory, making it hard for virus
removal software to find it.While it does not appear that
this virus takes advantage of any unique flaws in Apple's version of
Java, some security experts say that Apple's Java player may have
more vulnerabilities than Window's. That's because Apple makes
its own Java player, which according to an
e-mailreportedly attributed to Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs,
is always a version behind the official Linux/Windows builds from Sun
and Oracle.Apple is reportedly considering ditching its Java
player in future versions of OS X, such as OS X 10.7 "Lion".
Similarly it's considering
rejecting Flash, another multimedia web technology.
Ultimately these efforts may eliminate some routes of attack, but now
that Apple is being targeted it must realize -- there is always a
quote: show me an example of a single mac that has been compromised
quote: Windows that is the security disaster and not Mac
quote: You can install Flash and Java on your Mac
quote: No Flash on the iPhone and iPad is feature not a bug.
quote: If you don't own Apple products why are you getting in a such a froth
quote: if you do own Apple products I assume it's because you want to
quote: Either way please stop whining.
quote: Give me a little while and i'll get one infected just for you.
quote: talk about a false sense of reality... Windows isn't perfect, we all get that... you apparently are having trouble understanding that neither is your candy coated mac!
quote: for now... but will it remain that way forever?
quote: i disagree. removing software from a device because your device can't handle it is not a feature. again i should have the choice to install it!
quote: i'm posting this from a macbook pro running osx 10.6.
quote: The macbook is my work computer because we actually support about 150 of them along side our windows 7 support. I elected to assist in the mac side of the support because i and one of my coworkers know the most about them
quote: Give ME a little while and I'll show you that you still haven#t got one infected
quote: Nobody is claiming OSX is perfect.
quote: The simply fact is that it's more secure than Windows
quote: It's still less prone to be the subject of viruses
quote: Do you know the answer to this question? For any platform? No. Most irrelevant point of the day.
quote: due to the fact that the use of flash on any device impacts on performance and battery life in an unacceptable way.
quote: Well, what a ridiculous coincidence. You know the 'most' about macs whilst also believing all of the criticisms you stated above, I wonder where you gained such knowledge.
quote: Surely you didn't gain that knowledge by not buying such inferior products? What does that say about your decisions? Or more accurately, about your honesty.
quote: i don't hate apple devices, i hate the smug customer base and it's lie driven marketing... granted the marketing aspect seems to be going away now. quote: Look at all the posts on here, people overjoyed that a virus has the potential to infect a system i am not overjoyed that a virus has the potential to hurt people or their systems, i was overjoyed that there may have been some slight chance these smug pricks who think their overpriced computers are better than mine because theirs were build by apple's outsourcing and mine was built by me and runs windows...I am currently in the process of testing this virus and hopefully will be able to develop a fix or at least a guide on detection and removal if it warrants it. quote: You know the 'most' about macs whilst also believing all of the criticisms you stated above I am a regular user of many different operating systems to include all windows 7 and below, windows server 2003 - 2008, debian, fadora, kubuntu, ubuntu, mandriva/mandrake, mint, osx .0 - .6, windows mobile, and ios... the criticisms i stated anywhere on here (besides where i'm being clearly sarcastic just to get a few laughs) are not something i just believe, but know to be 100% true. There are just as many issues regarding mac as there are windows. they might be about different things but there are issues none-the-less, that much i can assure you of.i have no hate for my macbook pro, i just prefer Windows/Debain to it 100%.Say what you like... unless you're a tech who knows his stuff you won't stand a chance at discrediting me, and if you are a tech who is in fact good and well informed about all of these platforms then you'll know by reading my posts my credentials are in order. I don't like to brag but i live on all things technology. If you want to argue history you'd probably win, but if there's one thing i know it's computer tech.
quote: Look at all the posts on here, people overjoyed that a virus has the potential to infect a system
quote: You know the 'most' about macs whilst also believing all of the criticisms you stated above