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Apple Addresses 'Mac Defender' Threat With Security Update 2011-003 for Snow Leopard


Apple today released Security Update 2011-003 (Snow Leopard), a new software update that addresses the "Mac Defender" malware that has been afflicting Mac users over the past month.
- Malware removal

Available for: Mac OS X v10.6.7, Mac OS X Server v10.6.7

Impact: Remove the MacDefender malware if detected

Description: The installation process for this update will search for and remove known variants of the MacDefender malware. If a known variant was detected and removed, the user will be notified via an alert after the update is installed.
The update weighs in at 2.36 MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.7.

Seed notes for the most recent developer build of Mac OS X 10.6.8 had indicated that the update will identify and remove known variants of Mac Defender, but Apple apparently wanted to push the anti-malware portions of the update as quickly as possible before incorporating it directly into Mac OS X 10.6.8 for future updaters.

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38 months ago

While i dont know the actual threat of his particular 'malware', I think apple needs to do a lot better than this in future. Such hot fixes need to be available within a couple of days max. If i wanted to use a virus/malware prone PC for weeks, i'd have simply opted for a windows machine instead of the mac!


And it should be available for 10.5 as well.
Rating: 13 Positives
38 months ago

Can you imagine having to deal with this malware stuff constantly?

I'm glad I use OS X.


No, I can't imagine it. I'm running Windows 7 on my PC. I also have a Mac Mini, but I don't use it nearly as much.

I don't get viruses on Windows. It's a myth spread by the elitist Apple fanboys. Although, I guess I can be a bit elitist in a way in the Apply fanboy world for loving my iPhone 4, but wishing Apple would let us sideload Cydia or something.
Rating: 10 Positives
38 months ago

While i dont know the actual threat of his particular 'malware', I think apple needs to do a lot better than this in future. Such hot fixes need to be available within a couple of days max. If i wanted to use a virus/malware prone PC for weeks, i'd have simply opted for a windows machine instead of the mac!


Apple have just made the very sensible step of allowing auto-updating of their malware definitions list. Future malware shouldn't require a formal Software Update:

"File Quarantine

Available for: Mac OS X v10.6.7, Mac OS X Server v10.6.7

Impact: Automatically update the known malware definitions

Description: The system will check daily for updates to the File Quarantine malware definition list. An opt-out capability is provided via the "Automatically update safe downloads list" checkbox in Security Preferences. Additional information is available in this Knowledge Base article: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4651"
From http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4657
Rating: 8 Positives
38 months ago
While i dont know the actual threat of his particular 'malware', I think apple needs to do a lot better than this in future. Such hot fixes need to be available within a couple of days max. If i wanted to use a virus/malware prone PC for weeks, i'd have simply opted for a windows machine instead of the mac!
Rating: 8 Positives
38 months ago

Nope. Just Windows ME.


It's not that you find viruses on Windows ME computers. It's that Windows ME IS a virus.
Rating: 7 Positives
38 months ago
This security update also makes the system automatically and in the background update the File Quarantine definitions daily.
Rating: 6 Positives
38 months ago
Can you imagine having to deal with this malware stuff constantly?

I'm glad I use OS X.
Rating: 6 Positives
38 months ago


I don't get viruses on Windows. It's a myth spread by the elitist Apple fanboys.


LOL

We're "fanboys" and yet you don't think Windows has viruses?

I love Apple and probably am a fanboy and yet even I have never told such an unbelievable whopping lie about Apple.
Rating: 5 Positives
38 months ago
That's good that Apple addressed the issue, Windows updates for this type of thing seem to never happen.
Rating: 5 Positives
38 months ago

That's good that Apple addressed the issue.


Amazing insight on the subject. Good thing your customized font color kept it from being ignored.
Rating: 5 Positives

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