Many security professionals tend to use OS X systems. Maybe for the nice and shiny looks, or the Unix under pinnings that make it a great platform to run current tools. However, the operating system itself isn’t exactly “secure out of the box” and like all operating systems can profit from some additional hardening tricks.
With the release of OS X Mountain Lion, Apples inclusion of the X11 windowing system in its OS will also be halted. As with Java, instead of releasing an in-house version of the X11 system, Apple will be relying on the separate XQuartz development team to keep a stable version of the X11 windowing system available for OS X. When you open a program that requires X11, the Mac will give you a notification and a link to the XQuartz project Web site so you can download the latest version of X11 for your system.
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Gatekeeper, the security feature in Apple Inc.’s upcoming OS X Mountain Lion operating system, may be letting malware sneak in through the backdoor, a computer security firm said.
Apple detailed its ‘Mountain Lion’ next-gen release for the Mac OS and its another step toward incorporating iOS features found on the iPad and iPhone. The march toward unification seems inevitable.
Malware aimed at Macs is still insignificant compared to Windows but Apple users still need to pay careful attention to the growing threat from social engineering attacks, a report has found.
The Year in Mac Security by Apple security company Intego divides 2011 into two halves before and after the day, 2 May, when the fake antivirus scam Mac Defender was discovered.
New Mac-based security threats jumped in 2011, but still remain far below that of Windows PCs, according to a posting by F-Secure Labs.
A total of 58 unique variants were detected from April through December, according to the Labs Threat Research team. Nearly half, 29, were Trojan-downloaders, which F-Secure defines as a type of Trojan horse program that secretly downloads malicious files from a remote server, then installs and executes them.
iRAPP lets you remote control a Mac over an RDP session. Works much better than Apple Remote or VNC and it is compatible with portal software such as F5 Firepass.
The past couple of weeks have not been the best for Mac OS X’s security reputation.
Recently, anti-virus firm F-Secure detailed a Trojan dropper that will insert a backdoor onto targeted systems. During the attack, a PDF is forcibly opened, designed to distract the end user from the shenanigans going on in the background.
According to F-Secure, the PDF file is written in Chinese, and is politically inflammatory. While the PDF launches, malware is dropped after it downloaded from a remote server located in Russia.
Malware that targets Mac OS X isnt anywhere near catching up to Windows-based malware in terms of volume and variety, but it seems that OS X malware may be adopting some of the more successful tactics that Windows viruses have been using to trick users. Researchers have come across a sample of an OS X-based Trojan that disguises itself as a PDF file, a technique thats been in favor among Windows malware authors for several years now.
The new piece of malware hides inside a PDF file and delivers a backdoor that hides on the users machine once the malicious file is opened. Once the user executes the malware, it puts the malicious PDF on the users machine and then opens it as a way to hide the malicious activity thats going on in the background, according to an analysis by researchers at F-Secure. The Trojan then installs the backdoor, which is named Imuler.A, which attempts to communicate with a command-and-control server.
Everyone has an opinion about user interfaces. The trouble is, most people don’t have enough experience to back those opinions up. Among PC and Mac users worldwide, most use one platform regularly and rarely if ever use the other.
The overwhelming majority of Windows users have no hands-on experience with a Mac. Even worse, the millions of Mac users who switched in the past few years have only distant (and probably painful) memories of old Microsoft products. They get to compare their modern Apple experience with the memory of a Microsoft product they literally rejected, and naturally they prefer the present.