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Apple posts separate Flashback removal tool

updated 04:10 am EDT, Sat April 14, 2012

Mac users can now remove Flashback beyond updates

Apple late Friday followed up its anti-Flashback Java update with its own dedicated Flashback removal tool. The tool finds the "most common variants" of the exploit and will either say if it found and pulled any variant. If needed, it will ask for a full reboot to wipe the malware entirely.

The tool is intended for OS X Lion owners who didn't already have Java installed and thus can't use the Java update to scrub Flashback.

A release of a final Flashback tool doesn't necessarily get rid of every variant of Flashback, but it helps close off what many now consider the Mac's first serious security threat in its 28-year history. Although the code was relying more on a Java exploit than anything Mac-specific, the lack of a patch in a timely fashion left Macs representing 98 percent of infected systems. Apple did react quickly once the problem became conspicuous.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So it's a myth then;

    Macs DO get viruses,
    just like PCs!

    Ok so the only advantages they have over PCs is that

    they are ridiculously overpriced,
    the choice of software is very limited,
    user customization is barely possible,
    the bundled mouse makes for a nice paperweight,
    their shiny screens look their best off,
    hardware upgrades are impractical...

    Hmmm, lets see, did I mention their ID is very elegant and they blend realy nicely with most any decor?

  1. chas_m



    Wrong again as usual

    Words mean things, Arne.

    Virus in the context of computers has a specific meaning.

    This was not a virus. It was malware (that actually did nothing, but that's beside the point).

    If you had any brains about you, you'd know the difference. But of course, you do not.

    And while we're on the topic -- riddle me this:

    What is sadder and more pathetic -- a guy who buys an "overpriced" Mac and enjoys it, or a useless troll that apparently has nothing better to do than hang out on a site dedicated to a company he hates and makes factually and socially inept statements?

    I know which I think is the more loser-like behaviour ...

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    NOT A VIRUS? ah well never mind then!

    your comment

  1. facebook_Colin

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    Joined: Apr 2012


    One major threat in 28 years

    Yet in the past 28 years, how many viruses and pieces of malware have PC's had to deal with? Last I checked, it was well into the hundreds of thousands.

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  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    past 28 years - .00001% user base then?

    FF to 2012:

    US under 15%,
    EU less than half that,
    the rest of the globe,
    about the same as 28 years ago...

    Nevertheless the Mac user base has been growing tremendously (at least in the US) for the last couple years, thus virus & malware writers are realizing potential of the Mac user as their marks.

    Even more so, given the reluctance of Apple, and it's loyal(devoted more adequate?) fan base to divulge the occurrence of an attack on an OSX appliance (what was it 8 weeks before Apple even admitted a weakness?), and the fact that Apple hardware is, according to numerous studies published here, more likely to be present on higher income homes.

    Mac defender - last year was it?,
    Flashback - last week if you ask Apple,
    last month if you read the forums...

    So dear OSX users, welcome to the real world!

    Expect the frequency of attacks to increase, in a manner directly proportional to your determination in holding on to the belief that OSX is invulnerable!


  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969



    There is nothing to droll about this supposed major security break since this news originated from a russian security firm who try for many year to unsuccessfully sold bad anti-virus and firewall software to mac users. This is a press campaign and nothing more that all troll like you around the world get hard with.

    To make fact straight: first, this malware need user password to make the infection possible, and second it depend of an API (Java) that have been depreciated by Apple and not install by default anymore on new system. And third, Apple still can knockdown every treat themselves without relying on third party crapware like Kaspersky or Norton.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Finally some one who needs a spellchecker even more than I do!

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