Mac Security Alert for Computer Viruses and Vulnerabilities

By: Harry Johnson

Freedom's not just another word for nothing left to lose. Strong security ensures your ability to conduct your business unhampered. Mac OS X delivers the highest level of security through the adoption of industry standards, open software development and wise architectural decisions. Combined, this intelligent design prevents the swarms of viruses and spy ware that plague PCs these days.

Knowing security is important. Most people are blinded by the word 'security + Mac' your current security program probably is not secure the way it should be for your office, school, internet, or even home. I hope you learn more from this article then you have ever known about Macintosh security.
The time between the disclosure of vulnerability and the release of an associated exploit was just six days. Half (59 per cent) of vulnerabilities were associated with web application technologies.
Along with computer viruses and vulnerabilities, spam remains a leading security concern. Spam accounted for 61 per cent of all email traffic in the first half of 2005, according to Symantec, with over half (51 per cent) of all junk mail received worldwide originated in the US.
MacScan 2.2 spy ware protection for Mac OS X has been released and is available for download as a free upgrade. This version improves scanning of spy ware, definition updates, improved stability and support for 10.2.

Apple Security Update 2006-004 has been released. To update Mac OS X go to the System Update Controls in the System Preferences and check for updates. Update includes fixes for AFP Server, Bluetooth, Bom, and DHCP; fetch mail, gun zip, Image RAW, ImageIO, Launch Services, OpenSSH, telnet, Web Kit, and App Kit.

– Sophos Anti Virus has found the first 'real virus' for Mac OS X known as OSX/Leap-A or OSX/Oomph-A. The OSX/Leap worm or Trojan is spread via instant messenger forwarding itself as a file named 'latestpics.tgz'. When launched the worm attempts to spread via iChat sending itself to the users buddy list. The application will also try to infect the recently used applications.

Apple QuickTime/iTunes QuickTime.QTS Heap Overflow was addressed by Apple, this issue could allow for malicious code to be executed when processing a malformed .MOV (movie) file. Apple has released updated QuickTime and iTunes. Advisory with example code.

MacScan 2.0 for Mac OS X has been released. MacScan will find, isolate, and remove spy ware, keystroke loggers, and Trojan horses as well as detect whether remote administration applications have been installed on a computer. By scanning files received as e-mail attachments or downloaded from the web, MacScan can proactively protect computers from inadvertently accepting new spy ware. Mac Scan's spy ware definitions are constantly being updated, letting users keep pace with the hackers.

Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server contain a security hole in Directory Services which allows for escalation of privileges and denial of service attack which is fixed with the 10.2.5 update. Directory Services is part of the operating systems information services subsystem, and is launched at being setuid as root by default.

Mac OS X systems with 'allow remote login' enabled in the sharing pane of the system preferences should be disabled until a new release of OpenSSH has been made available from Apple in the security updates. View advisory now a new version of the software is out but not available through the Apple Software Updates.

Protect the info on your Mac from prying eyes with File Vault, which uses the latest government security standard, AES-128 encryption, to safeguard your hard work. It encrypts and decrypts on the fly, so you don't even know its happening. File Vault protects all the info in your home folder from prying eyes, so your trade secrets stay secret, your holiday shopping lists are kept safe and your personal finance records remain secure.
Welcome to a site devoted to Apple Macintosh security and Mac OS X Security! Use the Side Bar to navigate the site, check this page frequently for updates and new security products for the Mac OS!
This page provides links to background information, security vendors, comparative and individual reviews of personal firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam, privacy and suites of software as well as hardware firewalls and anti-theft services to help you protect your Macintosh desktop or laptop computer.

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