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Microsoft: Macs 'Not Safe From Malware, Attacks Will Increase'

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 2 years ago

Desktops (Apple) 1

An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft researchers have analyzed a new piece of Mac malware that uses a multi-stage attack similar to typical Windows malware infection routines. In a post titled 'An interesting case of Mac OSX malware' the Microsoft Malware Protection Center closed with this statement: 'In conclusion, we can see that Mac OSX is not safe from malware. Statistically speaking, as this operating system gains in consumer usage, attacks on the platform will increase. Exploiting Mac OSX is not much different from other operating systems. Even though Mac OSX has introduced many mitigation technologies to reduce risk, your protection against security vulnerabilities has a direct correllation with updating installed applications.'"

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Interesting... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#39890557)

While this is all certainly interesting, I'm most concerned that this malware uses a three-year-old flaw in Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, and Open XML File Format Converter for Mac.

The attack uses MICROSOFT software to infect Macs. Odd that this Mac virus actually helps Microsoft, isn't it? I wonder if MS left those holes there on purpose, just to make Apple look bad?

Macs aren't going to be hit by the easiest way to infect a Windows system -- nudie.jpg.exe. Windows hides extensions by default, so most people will see nudie.jpg and not realize it's an executable file. IMO hiding extensions is brain-dead stupid and causes a lot of user problems; users have come to me at work with "there are two 'fiscal report.wpd' on my computer!" One was fiscal report.wpd.wpd and one was fiscal report.wpd.pdf. All I have to do in this case is change it so extensions aren't hidden. I understand why MS did this, it's so you can double click a data file and have it open in the proper app, and previously people would change files' default extensions and complain that double clicking wouldn't open it. It's hard to work around stupid.

The current Mac attack is far harder to pull off than a "hidden extension" or "drm capability" attack.

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