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Re: mac trojan in-the-wild
From: Paul Schmehl <pauls () utdallas edu>
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2007 21:13:10 -0500
--On November 1, 2007 3:36:00 PM -1000 Peter Besenbruch <prb () lava net>
Firefox throws up a download dialog, asking what I should do
see these great images, I need to save the file, and type "rpm -i
prettyyoungthing.rpm," and that I need to do it as root.
There is no need to do that. In both Macs and Gnome or KDE on Unix, if
you try to run rpm -i (of whatever the install paradigm is on your flavor
of OS), you'll be *prompted* for the root password, not asked to run it as
root. Big difference, and one that many users do not appreciate at all.
The direction computing is heading is toward ease of use and obscuration
of details. Given that, and the human tendency to act without thinking,
socially engineered exploits will continue to enjoy success. No, they
won't be as successful as self-propagating code that takes advantage of
flaws in OSes and applications, but as the Storm bot creators if social
engineering can successfully build a botnet of several hundred thousand
When an internationally recognized Ph.D psychologist can lose $3 million
US to the 419 scam and be prepared to lose more, is it really a stretch to
think that a fake codec trojan will make inroads on the Mac?
Paul Schmehl (pauls () utdallas edu)
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas
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Re: mac trojan in-the-wild Jim Harrison (Nov 02)
Re: mac trojan in-the-wild Peter Besenbruch (Nov 01)
Re: mac trojan in-the-wild worried security (Nov 02)