Category: MacOS X

New Java malware attacks Apple’s OS X along with Windows, Linux

By Sam Oliver Published: 10:19 AM EST (07:19 AM PST) A new form of browser-based cross-platform malware can give hackers remote access to computers running Apple's OS X, Microsoft's Windows, and even Linux. On a Mac, the new malware is defined as "Backdoor:OSX/GetShell.A. According to F-Secure, it is a PowerPC binary, which means users running a modern, Intel-based Mac must also have Rosetta installed. Intel Mac's running Lion will not be affected!!! The multi-platform backdoor malware was disclosed this week by security firm F-Secure. It was originally discovered on a Colombian Transport website, and relies on social engineering to trick users into running a Java Archive file, meaning it is not likely to be a major threat. However, its cross-platform design is unique. If users grant permission to the Java Archive, the malware will secretly determine whether the user is running a Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux machine. When running on a Mac, the malware Read the full article →

Apple releases update to Leopard, includes Flashback removal tool

Jake SmithApple Inc1 Comment inShare7 Share 2 May 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm While Apple has released updates for both Lion and Snow Leopard to remove the Flashback malware that’s been making its rounds, until today, the company hadn’t released a fix for Leopard. However, this afternoon Apple released a Flashback Removal Security Update for Leopard, that weighs in at 1.23MB. Along with removing the Flashback malware, it also disables the Java plug-in in Safari. Apple described the update: This update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware. If the Flashback malware is found, a dialog will notify you that malware was removed. In some cases, the update may need to restart your computer in order to completely remove the Flashback malware…To improve the security of your Mac, this update also disables the Java plug-in in Safari. Furthermore, Apple also released Security Update 2012-003 for Leopard that “disables versions of Adobe Read the full article →

iCloud explained and how to set it up

What Does iCloud Do? iCloud will store your music, photos, documents, contacts, calendar events and more and automatically push them to all your devices over Wi-Fi or 3G. iTunes Purchases Whenever you purchase music, apps and books in iTunes it will automatically transfer the items to your other iOS devices and your computer. Which means you can buy a song from iTunes on your iPad, and it will show up on your iPhone without having to sync it. You can buy a book on your iPhone and leave a bookmark, then pick up reading the book where you left off on your iPad. All of your previous purchases are available for download on your devices with iCloud. If you have music that was not purchased through iTunes, Apple has iTunes Match for $24.99 a year. iTunes Match will let you store your entire music collection in iCloud without having to upload most of your music. The only songs that would require uploading are ones that are not in the iTunes store. Photos Photo Stream applies the same Read the full article →

About 2 Months To Go…

You have about 2 Months to Upgrade to Lion and iCloud! June 30th, 2012 MobileMe closes down. Contact MacDaddy for additional info. Apple encouraging iCloud upgrades with free Snow Leopard for MobileMe users By Josh Ong Published: 01:50 AM EST (10:50 PM PST) In an effort to push customers toward iCloud ahead of shuttering its MobileMe service, Apple has reportedly begun offering free copies of OS X Snow Leopard to MobileMe users still on the older Leopard version. Macgasm reported on Wednesday that the Mac maker had sent an article to MobileMe customers with an offer for a free DVD of OS X Snow Leopard. The move comes as Apple is just months away from its June 30 deadline to close the service. It's not immediately clear, however, exactly who is eligible for the free upgrade offer, which expires on June 15. The publication contacted Apple to clarify but had yet to hear back from the company. Apple's email reportedly outlines a three-step process for Read the full article →

Apple’s Flashback malware remover now live

Apple's removal tool for the Flashback malware is available as part of a Java security update that went out today. by Josh Lowensohn  April 12, 2012 2:01 PM PDT   Apple this afternoon released an integrated tool to remove Flashback, malware designed to steal user information that was found to be present in more than half a million machines just last week. The tool, which was made available as part ofa security update to Java today, comes two days after the company quietly announced plans to offer it to users. Flashback is a form of malware designed to grab passwords and other information from users through their Web browser and other applications. A user typically mistakes it for a legitimate browser plug-in while visiting a malicious Web site. At that point, the software installs code designed to gather personal information and send it back to remote servers. In its most recent incarnations, the software can install itself without user interaction. According Read the full article →

In the wake of the Flashback Trojan, Apple quietly puts out an updated Java security patch

UPDATE: Click this link to download Instructions and Scripts to check your Mac for any infections from Flashback Trojan. (These files have been created and checked by MacDaddy to be safe!) Earlier this week, Apple released a Java security update, 2012-001, to patch the Flashback vulnerability that a security company claims affected 600,000 Macs. April 5, 2012 Late this evening, we are getting reports from readers that a new version of the Java update is becoming available via Software Update. . The latest update, Java for OS X 2012-002, supersedes the -001 update Apple released earlier this week, and indeed the KB article linked from the -002 update is still the -001 version (below). Update: Apple sent a note out to its Java Community, below, with the ‘why’ (small issue they are the same but for a few symlinks and version numbers.) Thanks Jessie! Java developers, Today we re-shipped our Java 1.6.0_31 for OS X Lion today to address a critical issue we found in Xcode and Read the full article →

Flashback.G trojan seen exploiting ancient Java vulnerabilities to infect Macs

Christian ZibregApple IncDiscussion (33) inShare8 February 24, 2012 at 5:27 am A new variant of the Flashback trojan horse called “Flashback.G” is reportedly out in the wild and able to exploit a pair of vulnerabilities found in an older version of Java run-time, according to ablog post by antivirus maker Intego yesterday. People running Snow Leopard and an older Java run-time are at high risk as the primary spreading method calls for maliciously crafted websites. When visiting such pages, the malware exploits a browser’s security settings and installs itself without any intervention on the user’s part. Even if you use the latest Java run-time installation, the malware can still falsely report a Java certificate as signed by Apple (though it is reported as untrusted), duping naïve users into clicking the Continue button in the certificate window and letting the trojan infect the host system. Upon infection, the trojan will suck personal data into the cloud, Read the full article →

Apple unveils Mountain Lion Preview: iOS-ification of OS X continues with Messages, AirPlay Mirroring, Notification Center, Game Center, Twitter and more

Christian ZibregApple IncDiscussion (37) inShare30 February 16, 2012 at 5:41 am It has been only seven months since Apple released Mac OS X 10.6.7 Lion and today the companyannounced Mountain Lion—the next major update to its desktop operating system. As 9to5Macfirst learned in October, Mountain Lion brings even more popular iOS features to the Mac platform. The notion is shared by those Apple invited to a private briefing a few day ago: Mountain Lion is all about putting even more of iOS into the bowels of OS X. Meanwhile, iOS-ification of OS X continues with Twitter integration in Mountain Lion and new iOS-esque apps, such as Messages, Notification Center, AirPlay Mirroring, Notes, Reminder, Game Center, and deep iCloud integration. With over a hundred million iCloud accounts now in use, Mountain Lion’s setup assistant will now ask you to set up an iCloud account for the Documents in the Cloud and Find My Mac features, as well as to sync contacts, email Read the full article →

How to make a solid Mac backup plan

What should you back up, and how? Prioritize your data and keep it safe. by Christopher Breen, Macworld.com   Jan 13, 2011 9:01 am You know you should back up your data. And many of you also know that Apple’s made it easy to do with the Time Machine technology that's built into Leopard and Snow Leopard. Yet the majority of people do not regularly back up their data. While some may fail to do so because they believe it’s a complicated process, and others because of their misplaced faith in the robustness of hard drives, many Mac users simply don’t have a reasonable idea of what to back up and how to best go about it. That’s where we can help. SIMILAR ARTICLES Is Time Machine all you need? Use an old Mac as a backup server Lion: The Complete Macworld Review Essential Mac Maintenance: Rev up your routines Take Control of Mac OS X Backups: Part Two Review: MacBook Air (first-generation) What should you backup? Perhaps the best Read the full article →

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