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Apple's OS X and Safari get biggish security fixes

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Apple has published updates for all supported versions of OS X and for Safari version 6.

A largish number of remote code execution vulnerabilities have been patched, so these aren't just cosmetic fixes.

Stay safe online with Sophos this Christmas

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From the comfort of summer, Sophos Southern Hemisphere says, "Stay safe online this Christmas!"

We've included some holiday-time tips for your friends and family, too - don't let your cyberguard down over the festive season.

PerlBot: A reason to run anti-virus on Linux?

PerlBot: A reason to run anti-virus on Linux?

This morning I noticed that SANS were talking about a Perl bot that has been reported on various Unix systems. I went looking for this file and noticed that a colleague had already updated the identity for Mal/PerlBot-A to detect Read more…

Updated XProtect protects against OSX.HellRTS

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You may remember in August last year SophosLabs blogged about XProtect and how it can protect you from Mac malware. Earlier, this year Graham blogged about OSX/Pinhead-B a backdoor for OSX. The update schedule for Snow Leopard has been: 10.6 Read more…

Jerusalem Post website serving malware

Jerusalem Post website serving malware

A couple of posts on Twitter brought to my attention earlier today that the website of the Jerusalem Post is serving up malware to unsuspecting visitors. Initially, I suspected that the malware was loaded via a compromised advert stream or Read more…

Troj/JSRedir-AU: Troj/JSRedir-AK redux?

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Late last year I blogged about ~40% of web-based malware. Earlier this year I mentioned it had changed and late last month I saw that it had changed again into Troj/JSRedir-AU. The infection numbers of Troj/JSRedir-AR and Troj/JSRedir-AU haven't been Read more…

Is it art? Controversy over OSX/LoseGame-A

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Last week, SophosLabs released detection for OSX/LoseGame-A and following Symantec's publishing detection (which they call OSX.Loosemaque) there has been some controversy about whether this is a game or malware (see 1, 2, 3). From my point of view this is Read more…

Snow Leopard malware protection system: What does XProtect do?

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With the release of the new version of OS X today (Snow Leopard OS X 10.6) Apple have added some malware protection. XProtect (we are calling it this as this is the name of the detection data file) provides a Read more…

More Mac OS X malware discovered

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Mac malware can seem like buses - you see none for ages and then two come along at once. Last night, SophosLabs was sent a message containing what claimed to be the "SRC CoDE of new Macintosh Worm" and so Read more…

Mac malware authors still plugging away

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Last week, SophosLabs received several reports of some new Mac malware (Intego and Threat Researcher). So I asked around for samples (sample exchange) and was able to write detection on for OSX/RSPlug-F (and updated it for a minor variant). Like Read more…

Heroes

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As I'm sure you're by now aware, a security researcher named Charlie Miller was able to pwn Safari in 10 seconds at CanSecWest yesterday! A truly spectacular feat! I'm not even sure how he was able to type so fast! Read more…

OSX/iWorkS-B another Trojan affecting dodgy downloads

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SophosLabs heard some reports today regarding another Trojan affecting dubious downloads from torrent (Intego and Graham Cluley). This Trojan, OSX/iWorkS-B, is affecting Adobe Photoshop CS4 downloads on torrent. OSX/iWorkS-B has a similar modus operandi to OSX/iWorkS-A. The differences mean that Read more…

OSX/iWorkS-A another reason to have a Mac security product

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Yesterday, SophosLabs was made aware of a new Mac OS X Trojan affecting a dubious copy of iWork '09 (an update to Apple's popular rival to Microsoft Office). In the news and blogosphere there were several write-ups and descriptions (Threat Read more…