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@ Marvin: Thank you for the input; thoughtful and focused as always. I understand that this is not a system scan but a simple database check, otherwise it would not ask the UUID. Also, I checked up everything you suggested, even for the ~/Library/Preferences/Preferences.dylib used by old versions of Flashback, just in case, and I came out clean. I checked even my Time Machine backups for older traces of .rserv etc, in case I forgot something, but nothing. I run...
Likely, but we don't know and we never will. As I said in the other discussion, I got a false alarm from the online tool of Kaspersky (I know that I am not infected since I disabled Java years ago and the scan tools show me clean). So the whole affair of counting the number of infected Macs looks at least suspicious.
OK, this is what I wanted to see. Yes, it may be an error of the online tool. But then they should retire it until it runs correctly. Same goes to f-secure and Symantec if their tools do not work correctly. Also, I disabled Java two years ago, so no, I am not infected.
In case you missed it, I did not jump to any conclusions. I am trying to find reasonable explanations. Like it or not, lying is one of them.I do not have the technical knowledge to find out how and why, I can only report what I saw. And what I saw seriously questions their approach. Wrong methodology is the other possible explanation.Again, instead of making an effort to enlighten me as to what explanations we could give, except the obvious ones that I stated before, you...
I cannot tell about Dr. Web but here is what I found about Kaspersky. The have set up a web site where you can check if a Mac has been infected by the Flashback/Flashfake trojan, based on its UUID. I did the check and my Macbook was found infected. But I know it is not since I already ran the available tools (command-line from f-secure and the Symantec utility) to check this out for myself. So, I am clean and Kasperksy insists that I am not. Two explanations come into...
Regarding OS X, Apple is already disconnected from the Java wagon. In a few years from now it could not be held responsible for this kind of vulnerability, if the security charge goes 100% to Oracle. But Apple should really learn the lesson from this screw-up and consider security issues really seriously. Probably the convergence of OS X and iOS in the upcoming Mountain Lion is a good thing after all, security-wise. Time will tell.
No one says Apple should release an update without testing it. What I say is Apple should release it as soon as possible, and two months later is not exactly that.And you know how all this? If there is a security threat, and Flashback is known since a while ago, the company should be prepared as if the worse was coming. Especially when this same company is advertising its OS as the most secure and safe out of the box.No, this was a big mistake from Apple's part; I only...
This is a trojan, not a virus. This kind of exploit can happen to virtually any platform.No, an OS cannot be held responsible for anything. It is Apple's responsibility that thought there is no risk and let the issue linger for about two months before issuing a security update. Again this is not a virus. And in the case you missed it, Apple does not include anymore Java with Mac OS X. However, Apple has responsibility for the established user base still running older...
True for new users. However you cannot just erase the already established base running Java and Flash that were by default included with Mac OS X. Not after a good number of years, so that the older versions could be considered as obsolete. Even so, in a related technical note Apple still refers to Leopard (10.5) saying that users should disable Java in their web browsers. They could even propose a "security update" for those users in the sense of a warning about the issue...
There is HTML5 for this; see a few posts above. All you need to do is to type in the URL field of your browser http://www.youtube.com/html5 and YouTube will tell you the rest.
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