Mac Trojan Horse warning!

8 posts / 0 new
Last post
Offline
Last seen: 12 years 11 months ago
Joined: Jan 15 2006 - 08:42
Posts: 53
Mac Trojan Horse warning!

I didn;t see this posted yet...sorry if it already was...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/macworld/20060216/tc_macworld/oompa20060216;_ylt=Am1pgc20NXerqry2kakx87us0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3ODdxdHBhBHNlYwM5NjQ-

Diego_Knyte's picture
Offline
Last seen: 13 years 1 month ago
Joined: Dec 20 2003 - 10:38
Posts: 80
thanks

Thanks for the heads up.

BDub's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 3 months ago
Joined: Dec 20 2003 - 10:38
Posts: 703
That's right ladies and gentl

That's right ladies and gentlemen, if you download an application from an untrusted source and type in your admin password to give it sudo privileges, you may be at risk.

Offline
Last seen: 15 years 3 weeks ago
Joined: Feb 5 2006 - 16:33
Posts: 36
Trojan Horse

I have feared the emergence of a new trojan horse for some time now. We really haven't had one since CPro141, which was around 1993. Other notable ones of ages past include Font Finder, Mosaic, Steroid, Tetricycle, and Sexy Ladies.

Always be safe when dealing with your downloaded applications. The threat is much greater now than it was in the early 1990s because of the popularity of the internet.

Also, I applaud the folks who got the news published so quickly. It used to take a long time for virus reports to be written...and they were usually about the umpteenth strain of nVIR back then.

eeun's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 2 months ago
Joined: Dec 19 2003 - 17:34
Posts: 1895
Re: Trojan Horse

The threat is much greater now than it was in the early 1990s because of the popularity of the internet.

Yes...and no. The potential for infection is greater, but as bDub points out, the probability is still low. Unlike with the old OS 9 viruses, you've got to give it admin rights before it can do anything.

Also, I applaud the folks who got the news published so quickly. It used to take a long time for virus reports to be written...and they were usually about the umpteenth strain of nVIR back then.

My take on it is the PC-centric media couldn't wait to kill OS X's 'no viruses' record. Symantec will probably be happy, too.

Tom Owad's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 18 hours ago
Joined: Dec 16 2003 - 15:14
Posts: 3373
Re: Trojan Horse

The threat is much greater now than it was in the early 1990s because of the popularity of the internet.

Yes...and no. The potential for infection is greater, but as bDub points out, the probability is still low. Unlike with the old OS 9 viruses, you've got to give it admin rights before it can do anything.

You can still wipe out your home directory without admin rights, as well as modify any applications stored in home.

It's certainly not a big techincal accomplishment, though. Put "rm -rf ~/*" in a script, name it SecretMacPrototypes, and you've got a trojan.

Offline
Last seen: 2 years 4 months ago
Joined: Jan 28 2004 - 12:14
Posts: 40
Did apple have Microsoft writ

Did apple have Microsoft write iChat for them??

Jon
Jon's picture
Offline
Last seen: 13 years 3 weeks ago
Joined: Dec 20 2003 - 10:38
Posts: 2804
It's still got the "no viruse

It's still got the "no viruses" record though. This is a lot like the "proof of concept" trojans that made the buzz a couple years ago. A lot of hype over something that's been "possible" all along, but is something htat anybody should be able to see coming a mile away.

Root kits and trojans still aren't a virus, for those reading who got scared. You aren't going to pick something up in you main OS unless you do something stupid, like give a program your admin password when it shouldn't need it.

Log in or register to post comments