“Anti-virus maker Symantec Corp. is warning that it has detected a new piece of malware that tries to exploit a flaw in Mac OS X systems that Apple Computer Inc. released a software security update to fix just three days ago,” Brian Krebs reports for The Washington Post.

“‘OSX.Exploit.Launchd,’ is a ‘Trojan horse’ program that exploits a security hole in OS X’s ‘launchD’ service, which controls which programs should boot up whenever a user restarts a Mac. According to Symantec, this exploit provides the attacker root access — or total control — over any Mac system running OS X version 10.4.6 or earlier,” Krebs reports.

Full article here.

In an article breathlessly and hyperbolically headlined, “Attack code out for Apple flaw” Joris Evers reports for CNET News, “Attack code that exploits a flaw in Apple Computer’s Mac OS X was publicly released Wednesday, increasing the urgency to patch… On Tuesday, Apple delivered Mac OS X 10.4.7. The operating system update repairs a total of five flaws. Four of them affect both the client version of Mac OS X. The other, in the ClamAV antivirus software, has an impact on the server release.”

MacDailyNews Take: “Four of them affect both the client version of Mac OS X?” They can’t even write coherent sentences to support the FUD.

Evers presses on, “The exploit was created by Kevin Finisterre, a security researcher at Digital Munition. Earlier this year, Finisterre created the Inqtana worm, which targets Mac OS X and spreads using an 8-month-old vulnerability in Apple’s Bluetooth software (see Patched in mid-2005 by Apple, Symantec warns ‘Inqtana-A’ worm could be ‘beginning of a trend’ – February 20, 2006). His actions are in part to demonstrate that Apple software is not unbreakable, he has said.”

MacDailyNews Take: Ah, the wonderment! Behold the massive and unparalleled coding skill required to create proof-of-concept Mac OS X malware anytime after Apple discloses the flaw and fixes it.

Full article, along with Evers and CNET being appropriately schooled by the majority of their readers in the feedback section, here.

MacDailyNews Take: In related news, Biff Tannen found Marty McFly’s sports almanac that Doctor Emmett L. Brown threw out because McFly wanted to use it in conjunction with the DeLorean time machine to make a bundle in sports gambling. Amazingly, Tannen then stole the DeLorean and used it to give the book to himself at some point in the past! Tannen used the almanac’s info – which contained final scores for games yet to be played – and became fabulously rich. Tannen now controls all of Hill Valley along with the desperate Symantec and their CNET lackeys.

Note: Apple on Tuesday released an update that closes the security hole that this unreleased proof-of-concept Trojan would exploit if it had ever been released in the wild before Mac OS X 10.4.7. Mac OS X users can update to Mac OS X 10.4.7 via Mac OS X’s Software Update or via standalone installers for which download links can be found here. As usual, we recommend that users keep their operating systems up to date.

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