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Snow Leopard contains new anti-malware feature

updated 09:15 pm EDT, Tue August 25, 2009

Snow Leopard antivirus

The upcoming Snow Leopard update reportedly contains new anti-malware functionality, according to the Mac security company Intego. A number of beta testers have noticed a new warning screen that alerts users to malicious code. A leaked screenshot shows an alert dialog for an RSPlug Trojan contained in a disk image downloaded through Safari.

It is unclear if the OS X antivirus components scan just the downloads or full range of content on the system. Safari shows a similar warning dialog, although it provides a general warning instead of a specific reference to a particular threat.

Apple's Get a Mac ads have criticized the Windows platform as more prone to viruses or spyware. A number of security analysts have suggested Mac OS X continues to face more threats as the operating system grows in popularity and becomes a higher-priority target for hackers.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969



    While I've never been particularly concerned about malware on the Mac, it's nice to see that Apple isn't ignoring the existence of the few threats that are out there in remote corners of cyberspace (generally where one shouldn't be in the first place).

    Hopefully, there's more intelligence to this mechanism than just identifying the handful of proof-of-concept trojans that are known to exist.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How else?

    Every single Windows anti-malware tool does exactly the same thing -- look for malware that's known to exist. They regularly update their lists and file signatures for the malware that had appeared since the previous update. no intelligence there. I can't think how one would devise "intelligent" software to automatically recognise malware it knows nothing about.

    Anyway, the feature seems a good idea, if it ends up in the shipping version.

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Generally, the malware out there comes from software downloads from less than reputable sources (pirate sites, torrents, etc).

    Good to know this is in place, but due diligence is always good too!

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nothing's changed

    More FUD. It has nothing to do with market share.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Nothing's changed

    What doesn't have anything to do with market share?

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