Consumer Reports on Mac Spyware
As if to throw down a challenge, Jeff Fox from Consumer Reports recently insisted the Macintosh is “less hospitable” to spyware and it wasn’t just because the Mac had a smaller installed base. I mentioned these remarks last month in my report on Mac Malware at the recent ASC Conference on February 9th. Ed Skoudis from SANS Institute, warned Mac users not to be lulled into a false sense of security. He noted that, “OS10 has had a number of significant security flaws” and that they’re not as widely publicized because they don’t impact as many people.
Apparently the Mac is more hospitable then Mr. Fox thought. One a week later, Symantec discovered the OSX.Leap.A worm spreading via the iChat Instant Messenger program. The next day, Symantec published information on OSX.Inquanta.A which uses an Apple Mac BlueTooth Directory Traversal Vulnerability. On Feb 21st, SANS Institute reported about a “Serious flaw on OS X” discovered by Michael Lehn according to Heise Online.
This past week I had 3 requests for a Mac version of our WinPatrol program. I’m sorry to report we don’t have a MacPatrol program. I would recommend Mac users check their Safari preferences and deactivate the option “Open Safe Files after downloading”. It would also be a good idea to visit http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ and check out any security updates.