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    Some nice new tools

    Thought i would post about some new tools in 10.5 which can be very useful when looking into odd processes etc.

    They are basically pre-built dtrace command line tools.

    They are called:
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    Its not malware, but it is a bit dodge. Sophos...

    Its not malware, but it is a bit dodge.

    Sophos has a nice way of looking at this, a Potentially Unwanted Application, so you might want it, but probably you dont.
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  3. oops, i didnt look at how old the thread was. Oh...

    oops, i didnt look at how old the thread was. Oh well nevermind.

    I agree completely, you can have malware cause untold issues on a machine without it ever having admin/root rights.

    The biggest...
  4. I would agree that the main reasons to scan for...

    I would agree that the main reasons to scan for malware on a linux/unix box would be for mail scanning or scanning file stores (used by Windows users).
    However, interestingly enough some *old* linux...
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    Security reports that state percentages in their...

    Security reports that state percentages in their headline arent even worth the paper they are invariable not printed on.

    What you really need to see is the figures for the different OSs and even...
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    I agree with SirDice that the security model is...

    I agree with SirDice that the security model is somewhat lacking once a user has decided to run something.
    For instance if you happen to be logged into OS X as the admin (dont do it, you DO NOT need...
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    All OSs have defects, design flaws, and very very...

    All OSs have defects, design flaws, and very very stupid usability issues.
    I think the big difference between Windows and OS X is that on Windows when you hit up against a bug you kinda shrug your...
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    Adware comes to OS X

    F-Secure has seen a proof of concept piece of adware which is targeted specifically at OS X.

    http://www.theregister.com/2006/11/24/mac_os_x_adware/
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    The project showed some real promise, but there...

    The project showed some real promise, but there doesnt seem to have been any news from it in quite some time.

    I had a play with it recently, and it could be so so good, but it just isnt quite...
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    Its interesting to see what everyone has said. ...

    Its interesting to see what everyone has said.

    Yes, Windows has the biggest market share (not a big surprise to most people), and therefore more viruses , worms, and trojans are written for it.
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    Is this the tip of the metaphorical iceburg?

    Is the new macarena virus the start of malware authors targeting OS X.

    With their market share increasing, and the Intel Macs selling very well, does Apple now pose an attractive target for virus...
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    The biggest problem with this 'undercover'...

    The biggest problem with this 'undercover' software is that its going to need an Internet connection to be of any use.
    So if i were a big bad nasty thief, then i would check the machine for anything...
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    I have it installed on a test machine at work,...

    I have it installed on a test machine at work, and it all works perfectly.

    We tried it with Vista and that completely killed it though.
    Blatted the machine after that and put 10.4 server and XP...
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    Linux, Unix, Apple, and infact any other system...

    Linux, Unix, Apple, and infact any other system which would fall under the broad term of minority systems (VMS, OS/2, BeOs, etc), well basically anything other than windows will always still have...
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    Leap-A is not a trojan, its a worm (of sorts). ...

    Leap-A is not a trojan, its a worm (of sorts). Some of the AV vendors do have there heads screwed on though:

    (taken from Sophos web site www.sophos.com)

    Is Leap-A a virus or a Trojan?
    Some...
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    There are at present two viruses which have been...

    There are at present two viruses which have been written specifically for Mac OS X, these are:

    http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/analyses/aplssimpsonsa.html...
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    By default OS X now uses SMB for connecting to...

    By default OS X now uses SMB for connecting to networks. This makes sense as Mac, Unix/Linux, and Windows can all talk SMB with OS X.

    Windows XP does have default shares, as was rightly said...
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    w0lverine is dead right about what it does, but...

    w0lverine is dead right about what it does, but the address should be 127.0.0.1 and not 127.0.0.0.

    Loop back addresses are also used with DNS controllers.
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    when i said that viruses seem to be getting...

    when i said that viruses seem to be getting tweaked by kiddies more and more i was reffering to the ever incresing rate that variants of the same virus come out. Take mimail for example, we went...
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    Both of these virus releases look like they have...

    Both of these virus releases look like they have been tweaked by some script kiddie somewhere. The differences in coding between these releases and the originals are marginal, and near enough come...
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    The software wont actually let u run Mac OS X on...

    The software wont actually let u run Mac OS X on an x86 machine, but rather it will let you open Mac formatted files instead. So you could for example open a Mac text file, or a Mac tar file.
    The...
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    Yeah that is true. But virus writers tend to...

    Yeah that is true.

    But virus writers tend to have some kind of grudge against society and what to get their own back.
    Lots of people hate microsoft, and so we get lots and lots of viruses aimed...
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    I work for an AV company and we definately dont...

    I work for an AV company and we definately dont write any viruses. We do however get targeted by a lot of virus writers. What they some how dont realise is that every file that comes through our...
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    Ok a few points to raise There are viruses...

    Ok a few points to raise

    There are viruses that propagate them selves using .dll files. But there are some important things to note about these.
    They do NOT arrive on the target machine as a...
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    nihil is right, the best AV products have to now...

    nihil is right, the best AV products have to now use the sandbox technique to determine exactly what certain files are doing. Sandboxes are having to be used now because more and more viruses are...
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