Threat to Mac OS X overrated

By Derek Sooman on February 27, 2006, 3:10 PM
Some Mac users among us will no doubt have been a little worried by the recent spate of two worms and a trivial exploit for Mac OS X. However, it has emerged that the three programs are hardly a threat to systems running Mac OS X.

One worm, known as OSX.Leap.A and assigned CME-4 by the Common Malware Enumeration Project, requires too much user interaction, hobbling its attempts to spread. A second worm, dubbed InqTana, and its two variants are actually proof-of-concept programs that were not discovered on the internet but were instead sent to anti-virus vendors and Apple by a researcher to prove that worms can spread through Bluetooth. And while the release of code for a vulnerability that could be exploited through Safari and Mail is a bit more serious, no incidents of websites exploiting the flaw have yet been reported.

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