Rare Mac Trojan exploits Apple

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  1. Arup

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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/06/23/mac_trojan/

    A rare Mac OS X Trojan has been spotted on the internet. The AppleScript-THT Trojan horse exploits a vulnerability within the Apple Remote Desktop Agent to load itself with root privileges onto compromised Mac machines.

    All OSs are vulnerable in more or less degree, just not Windows alone.
     
  2. emperordarius

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    True. I think that the most terrible virus EVER was on a Mac OS. I don't remember the exact name, but it was often called "666", it changed the colours of the screen at a very high frequency, causing first strong headaches and, after a prolonged staying, cerebral hemorrhage...death.
    A computer virus that "infects" humans...can any virus be worst than that?

    Mac viruses may be rare but often destructive...
     
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    Omg is this true? Does such a thing exist in Windows too?
     
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    Those posting comments in the article are dismissing this vulnerability because it is not truely remote code execution. From the article,

    However, note this comment in the sans.org diary yesterday:

    Apple Remote Desktop Root Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
    http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=4604
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    rich
     
  5. emperordarius

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    Yes, it's true...but it only infected old Mac OS computers. No problem in Mac OS X, Windows, Linux or any other OS AFAIK
     
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    Sounds like an urban legend to me.
     
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    Lol that's what I thought too at the beginning...
    But it is true, some people had died...
    And another thing, at that time Antiviruses couldn't detect the virus because they couldn't get a sample of the virus, because the virus would self destruct if an antivirus would try to quarantine it (I think that it made a copy of itself somewhere else first, to continue the work).
    I don't know it's name, but, I know that Today's antiviruses for Mac do detect it.

    Edit: Also known as SevenDust or Graphics Accelerator, wikipedia's page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SevenDust_(computer_virus)
     
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    None of the AV vendor sites mention the dangerous (and in some cases even fatal). A google search turns up nothing. I also looked at the wikipedia history. This page http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=SevenDust_(computer_virus)&diff=216901473&oldid=215429584 clearly shows that on the 3rd of June YOU ADDED IN THE COMMENTS ABOUT MEDICAL SYMPTOMS.
     
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    :p How many times did you edit your post? Every time I went to quote you, it picked up something different. Anyways you did point me to this link http://www.sss.ca/sensible/home.nsf/0/bbd0c5e9bad202e38525689300571f3d?OpenDocument that is evidence that the medical symptoms aspect of the SevenDust virus is UNTRUE.
     
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    Well it's not sure if this exists or not yet, if you see here
    http://www.raven1.net/cwrussia.htm
    I guess I'll have to believe less to Discovery Channel :D
     
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    Yes sometimes they need to sensationalize their content.

    Cheers
    Jeremy

    PS Maybe you want to do something with the wikipedia article on sevendust.
     
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    Fixed alredy :D
     
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    I believe it could be possible for a virus today to pass hidden messages through the screen, or mess up sth else that you can't notice.

    I don't how that can affect a person though, but i would be very interesting!
     
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    Excuse me but it,s a totally baseless story. Brain hemorrhages don,t come like this.

    People are so innocent. They believe in every thing. :rolleyes:
     
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    I agree. At worst maybe Mary Hart Syndrome but brain hemorrhaging? I very much doubt that.



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    Don,t doubt. It,s aboslutely wrong. :)
     
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    Tell me your joking please.o_O
     
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    Sophos have also reported on this
    link
     
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    Its sound far feteched to me but one thing I can say for sure a person that has epoleptic seizures can have a seizure from flashing lights such as strobes from a dance club even some lights on emergency vehicles.
     
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