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Apple Developing Tool To Remove Flashback 212

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the macs-can't-get-viruses dept.
Trailrunner7 writes, quoting Threatpost: "Apple is planning to release a software fix that will find and remove the Flashback malware that has been haunting Mac users for several months now. ... Apple said on Tuesday that it was in the process of developing a tool that would detect and remove Flashback, but the company did not specify when the fix would be available. Security researchers and customers have been questioning why Apple hasn't yet provided a fix for the malware even though Flashback has been around in one form or another for more than six months now."
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Apple Developing Tool To Remove Flashback

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  • by alen (225700) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @09:35AM (#39643207)

    he would hire elite apple assasins to kill these supposed security researchers to stop the bad news

  • Flashback? (Score:3, Funny)

    by Vinegar Joe (998110) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @09:38AM (#39643257)

    It's not a bug.....it's a feature.

  • by Coisiche (2000870) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @09:48AM (#39643403)

    ...on every piece of hardware they can get their hands on...

    But it's Apple, isn't there just one bit of hardware to check?

  • by Sarten-X (1102295) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @09:50AM (#39643439) Homepage

    If you're running Linux, you're probably competent to fix things if a patch breaks them.

    If you're running OS X, you're probably confused enough by the patch in the first place.

    If you're running Windows, you're probably just going to complain to some IT guy when the report looks slightly different.

    Disclaimer: I triple-boot, with more VMs. I can make fun of everybody.

  • by SJHillman (1966756) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @09:51AM (#39643445)

    Would probably help if you didn't make it your desktop wallpaper.

  • by JohnBailey (1092697) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @09:53AM (#39643481)

    Apple is still in disbelief that that Flasback is real.

    No.. Apple is still trying to figure out if this is from Adobe or not.

  • by Idbar (1034346) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @10:13AM (#39643685)
    Did you just compared Apple to... Microsoft!!??

    Run for your lives!
  • by olau (314197) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @10:41AM (#39644013) Homepage

    So, I'd much rather have a slow patch from a company that cared enough to actually test it, vs a hobbyist who doesn't care enough to produce quality robust code.

    True. That's why I run a mix of Windows ME and Apple MacOS 9 on all my servers. I'm not letting that Linux distro run entirely by volunteers, what's it called, Debbi's Ian? near any of my good stuff. When was the last time Microsoft or Apple released a security fix for those two systems? See. Flawless software.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @10:54AM (#39644185)
    If Jobs was still here he would tell you that you are "holding it wrong".
  • by Guppy (12314) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @10:56AM (#39644205)

    he would hire elite apple assasins to kill these supposed security researchers to stop the bad news

    You fools, don't you realize Steve Jobs himself was the elite apple assassin?

    Concealed under his black shinobi-shzoku-turtleneck was a lethal array of ninja weapons; many an unlucky Samsung executive or uncooperative tech-journalist has met their end at his hands, dispatched by a Firewire-cable garrot or iShuriken (they're like regular Shuriken, but with patented rounded corners). Gates himself has only survived thanks to the vigilant guard of his hulking 'roid-enhanced genetically engineered gorilla henchman.

    He was a shinobi of un-matched caliber, until his fateful battle against Google-fu masters Page and Brin, when he was felled by the Pancreas Death-Strike technique.

  • by cant_get_a_good_nick (172131) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @10:57AM (#39644209)

    Begun. the cat and mouse game has.

    Proper grammar, Yoda would speak with.

  • by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@@@gmail...com> on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @11:38AM (#39644693) Journal

    Bah Ur doin it wrong, let the old Hairyfeet show you how to REALLY insult all three OSes!

    1.-if the patch comes out on linux it will be 14 pages of CLI and a tarball that will need a specific version of GCC, if they put it in the repo upon application it will throw you into single user mode on first boot. you DO know how to edit your config files, right?

    2.-If the patch comes out on Windows it will take 2 hours to install, followed by an hour on the "waiting to shutdown' screen and ANOTHER hour on the "Please wait, configuring Windows" boot up and may God have mercy upon your tortured soul if the power goes out while that is happening!

    3.-If the patch comes out on Apple it will be a year behind, but it will come in a cool silver look and everyone will talk about how truly wonderful it is. it doesn't actually patch anything "bad" it just brings sprinkles of Steve's magic to your poor pathetic life because "hey Apple never gets viruses' so everything you've read here? Total lie spread by those Windoze and Lunix luzers because they can't afford magic sprinkles, poor bastards.

    Now THAT is how you insult all three boy! I'd insult the BSD guys while I was at it but they'd be so damned grateful that anybody even mentioned them at all they'd probably thank me for doing it which just takes all the fun out, its like kicking a really stupid puppy that just smiles and wags its tail at you.

  • by toadlife (301863) on Wednesday April 11, 2012 @12:42PM (#39645635) Journal

    If it came out for BSD, the dependency check would trigger a complete recompile of KDE 4.x, bogging down your desktop for 34 hours. After it was done, everything would work fine, but in all practicality, you wouldn't be any safer because face it, you're running BSD; no one gives shit about you.

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