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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Solution Providers Tackle New Trojan for OS X

Only days after computer business Apple patched the Mac OS X due to five different vulnerabilities, solution providers and experts at a security firm last Friday sent out a new warning about one of the fixed flaws.

Security firm Symantec stated that there is a Trojan horse virus called “OSX.Exploit.Launchd” on its security site. As of yet, there are few details about the virus, but solution providers have noted that successful installation of the Trojan would allow the attacker to have complete access to OS X 10.4.6 and earlier versions of the program.

Last Tuesday, Apple updated Mac OS X to 10.4.7 in order to fix five different security holes. One of the five was in “launchd,” which is the operating system’s program launch feature. This feature was susceptible to a local format-string vulnerability, according to solution providers for Apple and other experts. The Tuesday update is said to protect Mac OS X users against the latest Trojan.

Viruses that attack Apple’s operating system are not common; but often in the Windows arena, attack code crops up within just a few days of Microsoft’s release of security fixes. Hackers choose to reverse engineer a patch in order to try to determine the nature of the vulnerability and work out a new attack.

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