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Re: Mac attack
« Reply #25 on: Thursday, 27 July, 2017 @ 14:43:54 »
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New details emerge on Fruitfly, a near-undetectable Mac backdoor

The malware went largely undetected for several years and is only detectable on a handful of security products, but the "fully featured" Mac backdoor can take control of an entire computer.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-analysis-fruitfly-mac-malwware-almost-undetectable-backdoor/


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The number of cases of malware targeting Macs is continuing to surge, growing by 53% over just the first quarter of 2017, according to an analysis from security firm McAfee. And throughout 2016, it grew by a massive 744%.

The reason for this huge and continued growth is adware bundling, McAfee says.

In other words, people are installing apps that come bundled with dodgy software ("adware") that sticks ads on their computer. It's invasive, but it's not necessarily as catastrophic as other types of malware — like ransomware, which encrypts your data and forces you to pay a ransom to get it back (though multiple kinds can come bundled together, of course).

The growth in Mac malware, while alarming, is still nothing compared to the amount of malware for Windows that McAfee identified.
http://uk.businessinsider.com/malware-apple-macos-continues-surge-q1-mcafee-2017-6

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Re: Mac attack
« Reply #26 on: Friday, 06 October, 2017 @ 13:05:55 »
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Crazy but true – Apple’s “show hint” button reveals your actual password

It’s only eight days since Apple’s latest and greatest macOS 10.13 release, better known as High Sierra.

But the first security update has already come out, and we suggest you apply it urgently.
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/10/05/urgent-update-your-mac-again-right-now/

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Re: Mac attack
« Reply #27 on: Wednesday, 29 November, 2017 @ 10:54:45 »
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Apple rushes to fix major password bug

Apple has said it is working to fix a serious bug within its Mac operating system.

The flaw in MacOS High Sierra - the most recent version - makes it possible to gain entry to the machine without a password, and also have access to powerful administrator rights.

Considering the power it gives, the bug is remarkably simple, described by security experts as a "howler" and "embarrassing".
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42161823

User-applied workaround fix in link above, or here.

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Re: Mac attack
« Reply #28 on: Wednesday, 29 November, 2017 @ 20:27:29 »
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Apple apologises and fixes security flaw

Apple has pushed out an update to fix a major security hole in its Mac operating system, admitting it “stumbled” with its latest software.

The flaw, revealed on Tuesday, made it possible to access a Mac without a password, and also have access to powerful administrator rights.

The latest version of MacOS will automatically download the update.

Users running older versions of MacOS will see a notification prompting an upgrade.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42174168

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Re: Mac attack
« Reply #29 on: Thursday, 30 November, 2017 @ 14:07:44 »
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Apple breaks file sharing on Macs while fixing 'huge' password security flaw

The company quickly acknowledged the problem, releasing a support document guiding users through how to fix the problem caused by the critical bug patch. Unfortunately, to perform the necessary repair, users have to use an advanced feature of the operating system called the Terminal and perform command line actions:

            Open the Terminal app, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
            Type sudo /usr/libexec/configureLocalKDC and press Return.
            Enter your administrator password and press Return.
            Quit the Terminal app.

Despite the straightforward explanation and commands provided by Apple, many Mac users will not have experience of running commands within Terminal, a program designed to give advanced users direct, text-based access to underlying systems within macOS.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/30/apple-macos-high-sierra-fix-breaks-file-sharing-password-security-flaw-emergency-patch