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Kaspersky denies rumors of working on OS X security

updated 05:12 pm EDT, Mon May 14, 2012

Firm says review is entirely self-driven

Security firm Kaskpersky Lab is denying claims that Apple has asked it to research vulnerabilities in OS X, a statement reveals. "On Monday, April 14, published an article titled 'Apple OS 'really vulnerable' claims Kaspersky Lab CTO' that includes an inaccurate quote regarding Apple and Kaspersky Lab," the company writes. "The article reports that Kaspersky Lab had 'begun the process of analyzing the Mac OS platform at Apple's request' to identify vulnerabilities. This statement was taken out of context by the magazine -- Apple did not invite or solicit Kaspersky Lab's assistance in analyzing the Mac OS X platform. Kaspersky Lab has contacted to correct its article."

The release includes a prepared quote from Kaspersky's CTO, Nikolay Grebennikov. "As Mac OS X market share continues to increase, we expect cyber-criminals to continue to develop new types of malware and attack methods. In order to meet these new threats, Kaspersky Lab has been conducting an in-depth analysis of Mac OS X vulnerabilities and new forms of malware.

"This security analysis of Mac OS X was conducted independently of Apple; however, Apple is open to collaborating with us regarding new Mac OS X vulnerabilities and malware that we identify during our analysis. Kaspersky Lab is committed to providing the highest level of security for all of our customers, including Mac OS X, and we will continue to enhance our technologies in order to meet the ever-changing threat landscape. "

Apple once marketed Macs as virtually virus-free compared to Windows PCs, but that image has largely disappeared. Most recently the platform was targeted by the Flashback series of trojans; at one point these switched to an exploit unpatched by Apple even though Oracle had solved the issue months prior.

by MacNN Staff



  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it is virus free

    "Apple once marketed Macs as virtually virus-free compared to Windows PCs, ..."

    The recent malware is not a virus so please understand what you're saying. I was going to comment on this earlier but luckily someone with brains corrected the insane original article. Before people think I'm being racist or haven't gotten over the cold war, asking a Russian company to help with security just isn't a good thing and Apple knows what the fallout would be if they actually did contract with them. There are export laws dealing with encryption and other security related items that would make this interaction next to impossible. There also are government restrictions dealing with software and services from a documented list of sensitive countries. Unless you work in this environment you aren't fully aware of what can and can't be done. I'm glad Kaspersky denied this effort.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sneaky Russians!

    prl99 is quite balanced and measured in his comment, which I applaud. I would go further, however, and point out that Kaspersky are parasitic scum, a fact that has little to do with the fact that they are Russian, and a lot more to do with the fact that they are... parasitic scum.

    You will notice that within their correction they still try to characterise Mac OS (and Apple) as one of their "customers", a statement that is patently false.

  1. UmarOMC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Kaspersky... who?

    Well Apple's a 900 pound gorilla now and its OS isn't the uncrackable System 7, 8 or 9 anymore. I'd be stupid to not have some sort of antivirus at this point...

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Conspiracy theories

    I'm not a schizophrenic type but I wonder all those news attacking Apple security record is in reaction to Apple new policies about exclusively run sign apps as default setting in Snow Lion, this will give Apple a shield for user from its developer.

    Problem is you can't restrain developer from having access to things inside your computer that can be bad if it falls into wrong hands but helpful in some apps, plus the multiplication of third-party runtime environment like Flash and Java is mostly out of reach of the OS prove to be the real security hole on any system. The best generic security measure is to avoid those runtime and macro environment, has they are the real malware target.

    Again I fail to see any association in news report about the entire Flashback episode with Adobe, Oracle Microsoft, they all as failed to respond to public on how their products has been hijack and use against their user.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I just want to remind everyone that Flashback exploited a Java vulnerability, not OS X.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't use third-party runtime

    They always being the hole on any system, Microsoft themselves learned the hard way by multiplying runtime environment that grown out of control... Office had a so bad reputation with their macro, ActiveX, vbrun.dll.

    Third parties runtimes are developers shortcut and produce inferior apps

  1. facebook_Adam

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    Joined: May 2012



    Sounds like Kaspersky WANTS Apple to ask them to analyze MacOS X and is being very indirect.

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