Kaspersky: Mac security is '10 years behind Microsoft'

Cnet: Forrester鈥檚 CEO isn鈥檛 the only one spouting doom and gloom for Apple today. Now Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of security firm Kaspersky Lab, says Apple is headed for a rough patch. However, this one鈥檚 in the world of computer security, and he says Apple is already getting into the thick of it. Speaking to Computer Business Review at Info Security 2012 show in London this week, Kaspersky said that when it comes to computer security, Apple鈥檚 Mac platform was a decade behind Microsoft鈥榮, and that it鈥檚 got some things to learn from its rival....

April 26, 2012 路 3 min 路 490 words 路 Omid Farhang

Sabpab, new Mac OS X backdoor Trojan horse discovered

SophosLabs: More malware for the Mac OS X platform has been discovered, hot on the heels of the revelation that some 600,000 Macs had been infected in the Flashback attack. And just like Flashback, the new Trojan doesn鈥檛 require any user interaction to infect your Apple Mac. The Sabpab Trojan horse exploits the same drive-by Java vulnerability used to create the Flashback botnet. The newly discovered Sabpab malware is in many ways a basic backdoor Trojan horse....

April 15, 2012 路 1 min 路 208 words 路 Omid Farhang

Russian AV company claims 600,000 Macs infected by Flashback [Removal Manual]

The H-Online: A Russian AV company, Dr. Web, says it has conducted research to determine the spread of the Flashback trojan on systems running Mac OS X and says that 550,000 systems are infected, mostly in the US and Canada. A later update raised that number to 600,000 and claimed 274 infected systems in Cupertino, California. Dr. Web says it employed a sinkhole technique to intercept the bot installed by the newest Flashback trojan, and directed the bots to its own servers where it could analyse the traffic....

April 6, 2012 路 2 min 路 407 words 路 Omid Farhang

Safari update closes security holes

Apple has released version 5.1.4 of its Safari web browser for Windows and Mac OS X. According to the company, the maintenance and security update addresses more than 80 vulnerabilities. The update also includes includes various stability and performance improvements as well as fixes for other non-security related bugs. A majority of the security holes closed in 5.1.4 were found in the WebKit browser engine used by Safari. These include several cross-site scripting (XSS), cross-origin and HTTP authentication problems, as well as numerous memory corruption bugs that could be exploited by an attacker, for example, to cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution....

March 13, 2012 路 2 min 路 272 words 路 Omid Farhang

Apple previews OS X 10.8 with Gatekeeper

The H-Online: A developer preview of Mac OS X 10.8 is now available to registered Mac developers after Apple announced the new version, named Mountain Lion, and previewed a number of its features. Among those features is Gatekeeper which Apple says 鈥渉elps prevent you from unknowingly downloading and installing malicious software鈥. The Gatekeeper feature has three levels of security for running applications downloaded from the Internet; 鈥淢ac App Store鈥, 鈥淢ac App Store and identified developers鈥 and 鈥淎nywhere鈥....

February 17, 2012 路 2 min 路 237 words 路 Omid Farhang

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.7.3

The H-Security: Apple has released Mac OS X 10.7.3 and, for Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard users who have yet to upgrade to Lion, Security Update 2012-001; these maintenance and security updates addresses a number of vulnerabilities in the company鈥檚 desktop and server operating systems. According to Apple, the updates close more than 50 holes, many of which could be exploited by an attacker to, for example, remotely execute arbitrary code on a victim鈥檚 system, gain access to private information or cause a denial-of-service (DoS)....

February 2, 2012 路 2 min 路 315 words 路 Omid Farhang

Mac OS X Trojan hides behind malicious PDF disguise

SophosLabs: A fascinating new example of Mac malware has been discovered, that appears to be adopting an old Windows-style disguise to fool users into running it. Despite the numerous times that cybercriminals have created boobytrapped PDF files that exploit vulnerabilities to infect unsuspecting users, many people still think that PDF files are somehow magically safer to open than conventional programs. The OSX/Revir-B Trojan plays on this by posing as a PDF file....

September 25, 2011 路 2 min 路 292 words 路 Omid Farhang

QuickTime 7.7 closes security holes

H-Security Online: Version 7.7 of QuickTime is now available for users running Windows XP SP2 or later and Mac OS X v10.5.8 Leopard. The maintenance and security update addresses a total of 14 security vulnerabilities in the multimedia application. QuickTime 7.7 closes holes on both platforms that could be used by an attacker to, for example, crash the application or execute arbitrary code on a victim鈥檚 system. For an attack to be successful, a victim must first open a specially crafted file or a malicious web site....

August 4, 2011 路 2 min 路 223 words 路 Omid Farhang

The Seamless, Automagical Future of Software Updates

Gizmodo: OS X Lion is coming to the Mac App Store, ushering in a new era of digital distribution for their desktop operating system. And rumors are flying that iOS devices will soon receive over-the-air updates. If we had to smash these two pieces of information together and speculate about the future a little bit, we鈥檇 say Apple is heading down a path to automatic background updates for all of their operating systems....

May 5, 2011 路 3 min 路 578 words 路 Omid Farhang

Survey reveals Mac and PC people think differently

TUAW: According to the results of a massive survey by Hunch.com, Mac people are frequently young, vegetarian city-dwellers who like modern art, liberal politics, and independent films. Meanwhile, Windows supporters tend to be older, more conservative, and more likely to compare talking about computers to 鈥渟truggling with a foreign language.鈥 Whether you鈥檙e collecting evidence for the Mac vs. Windows debate you have planned for the weekend or preparing for an appearance on Family Feud, Hunch鈥檚 results offer some fun and fascinating insights into the tastes and habits of Mac and PC users, from what TV shows they watch to what snacks will best satisfy their afternoon munchies....

April 24, 2011 路 2 min 路 293 words 路 Omid Farhang