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Apple confirms cyber attack, will release security tool

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

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  Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

Turn off Java people! I bet at least 95% of Mac users don't even need Java.
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  Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:07 PM

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Turn off Java people! I bet at least 95% of Mac users don't even need Java.

Great advice! But how do you know if you have Java installed and if it is installed how do you uninstall it?
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  Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:39 PM

I wonder if the piece of junk MacKeeper was the lager of a hacker master plan to attack Macs. It might have opened all kinds of back doors to make OSX vulnerable.
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  Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:36 PM

Whew! I'm sure glad Macs are impervious to malware. Wait...what?
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  Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:54 PM

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Turn off Java people! I bet at least 95% of Mac users don't even need Java. Great advice! But how do you know if you have Java installed and if it is installed how do you uninstall it?


In Safari, go to Preferences. Under Security, uncheck the Java box.

Happy Surfing, but skip the "fortune cookies".
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#7 User is offline   artMonster 

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  Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

"...Apple released a Java update late on Tuesday for Mac OS X 10.7 or later that patches a number of security vulnerabilities as well as scanning for the most common variants of the malware in question and removing them. If malware is found, the user will be notified of its removal."

I am wondering if this malware only runs as a Java app, or does the Java exploit install malware that runs on its own? In case some people removed Java previously, but perhaps the dirty deed was already done. Apple does not appear to have a standalone detector for this exploit.
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  Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

I installed the new Java update from Apple, but after updating I went to the Java Preferences Pane (in System Preferences) and it had another update waiting for me. This is confusing.
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  Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:44 PM

LOL. Software Update didn't find any new security tool or patch. Ran Utilities -> Java Preferences, and saw an alert that said "To open Java Preferences, you need a Java Runtime. Would you like to install one now?"

Um, no. Done. With. Java.

(And yes, I've kept "Enable Java" un-checked on Safari Preferences -> Security for quite some time now.)
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  Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:31 PM

Where's the malware removal tool?
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  Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:48 PM

I'd like to see how many successful exploits thee have been in the 12 years of OSX and the total number of infected Macs. Then compare those figures to PCs.
One comparison figure is 1,000 times more attempts along with only a dozen worldwide compromised Macs each time except for 1 or 2 times such as Flashback. Thousands of PCs tend to suffer for each of those pieces of malware.
If that estimate is accurate, then Macs are about 1,000,000 times safer.
Any confirmation on how low the risks actually are?
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  Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:59 AM

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Whew! I'm sure glad Macs are impervious to malware. Wait...what?

Actually, the OS is pretty impervious - the exploit was in Java (written by Oracle). When you add 3rd party extensions to your OS, they bring vulnerabilities to your OS. This wasn't a flaw with OSX, it was a flaw in Java.

Isn't it funny how some really elementary facts seem to tear your whole line of reasoning apart?
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  Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:09 AM

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I'd like to see how many successful exploits thee have been in the 12 years of OSX and the total number of infected Macs. Then compare those figures to PCs. One comparison figure is 1,000 times more attempts along with only a dozen worldwide compromised Macs each time except for 1 or 2 times such as Flashback. Thousands of PCs tend to suffer for each of those pieces of malware. If that estimate is accurate, then Macs are about 1,000,000 times safer. Any confirmation on how low the risks actually are?

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  Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:11 AM

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I'd like to see how many successful exploits thee have been in the 12 years of OSX and the total number of infected Macs. Then compare those figures to PCs. One comparison figure is 1,000 times more attempts along with only a dozen worldwide compromised Macs each time except for 1 or 2 times such as Flashback. Thousands of PCs tend to suffer for each of those pieces of malware. If that estimate is accurate, then Macs are about 1,000,000 times safer. Any confirmation on how low the risks actually are?


LOL, you can't compare Apples with Oranges. There are probably 1,000,000 times more PCs then MACs, so PCs will always get more attacks.
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