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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:44 PM

 

New Mac OS X Backdoor Trojan Horse Discovered

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/04/13/sabpab-new-mac-os-x-backdoor-trojan-horse-discovered/

More malware for the Mac OS X platform has been discovered, hot on the heels of the revelation that some 600,000 Macs had been infected in the Flashback attack.

And just like Flashback, the new Trojan doesn't require any user interaction to infect your Apple Mac.

The Sabpab Trojan horse exploits the same drive-by Java vulnerability used to create the Flashback botnet.

The newly discovered Sabpab malware is in many ways a basic backdoor Trojan horse. It connects to a control server using HTTP, receiving commands from remote hackers as to what it should do. The criminals behind the attack can grab screenshots from infected Macs, upload and download files, and execute commands remotely.

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Reply New Mac OS X Backdoor Trojan Horse Discovered (Original post)
FredisDead Apr 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Apr 2012 #1
Voice for Peace Apr 2012 #2
rocktivity Apr 2012 #3
NYC_SKP Apr 2012 #4
Voice for Peace Apr 2012 #6
jsmirman Apr 2012 #9
rocktivity Apr 2012 #10
Lydia Leftcoast Apr 2012 #5
Electric Monk Apr 2012 #7
Demonaut Apr 2012 #8

Response to FredisDead (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:48 PM

1. Read about this earlier, owners should just run software update.

There are also steps they can take to eliminate any residual bad files.

No need for alarm, no need to install anti-virus programs, just do an update if you're running 10.6 or earlier.

I'm running Lion so I'm not even concerned.

But thank you for posting for anyone who may have missed this story.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:54 PM

2. are you familiar with Mac Keeper?

I'd welcome some knowledgeable opinions.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:57 PM

3. I've been happy with it -- a smart $29 investment.

Between my MacMini being a 2005 model and my running windows 7 on it via Parallels, its seemed like a good idea. But as pro-Mac as I am, I've never what I call an OS snob.


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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:57 PM

4. I'm not, sorry, but among all my macs old and new I've never caught a virus.

Mac user forums are very helpful though, and you might want to post your questions out there or even in our DU computer forum for mac users.

Do you need the link?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1096

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:41 AM

6. thanks! didn't realize there was a mac forum here

DU has almost everything.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 01:39 AM

9. Reasonably pleased with it, myself

been running it for a good ten months or so, I'm guessing.

It hangs at 75% on the "clean junk files" for me much of the time, and the fix they had me try didn't seem to solve the problem, but that's a small complaint.

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Response to jsmirman (Reply #9)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 08:01 PM

10. At 80GB, my hard drive just barely accomodates my applications

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I keep my files on an external drive, so being able to get rid of my hard drive's junk files with MacKeeper is an extra big plus for me.


rocktivity

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Response to FredisDead (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:03 AM

5. Your post prompted me to check for software updates

The fix was there, and I installed it.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:47 AM

7. I'd installed it last week before I even heard of this problem.

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Response to FredisDead (Original post)

Sat Apr 14, 2012, 12:54 AM

8. so the issue lies with "java"

why is it so exploitable?

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