Windows Mydoom worm variant spreading in the wild; Macintosh unaffected

“Anti-virus software maker McAfee Inc. is warning about a new version of the Mydoom worm that infects computers of people who click on a link in e-mail they receive. The new version is a mass-mailing worm that does not contain an attachment, as some earlier versions of the worm program have done,” CNN/Money reports.

“A worm is a self-replicating computer program that — like a computer virus — can cause damage to a computer’s software by attaching itself to programs,” CNN/Money reports.

According to Symantec, systems affected include: Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

Apple’s Mac OS X operating system is unaffected.

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29 Comments

  1. According to Symantec, systems affected include: Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP.

    Apple’s Mac OS X operating system is unaffected.

    BUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHa…….. HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!~

  2. What a surprise!? Last week I fixed a PC computer from a friend of mine. Strange behavior, wrong colors on display. Anyway I took it home, installed AVG 6.0, and found it had no less than 325 virus and 780 spy-ware files, this after they installed service pack 2.
    I was not going to charge him for the repair, but after all that junk and the time (3 hrs) it took to clean I did. Not before my “See I told you to get a Mac…” speech, that by the way felt even better than getting paid.
    Working as a network Admin., I see this kind of problems on a daily basis. When is everyone going to see that Windows is an inferior product? Well, I sure hope not too soon, that’ my job security right there. Virus, worms trojans keep on coming and infecting Windows the more the better, I need to make a car payment…ha,ha! What a joke Windows is!!!

  3. hey @ home…

    old news…. most of that stuff refers to Jaguar… not Panther…

    And the Jaguar updates took care of all that…

    Ya got anything newer to report ?

  4. Found: 46 Secunia Security Advisories, displaying 1-25

    Mac OS X URI Handler Arbitrary Code Execution
    2004-05-17

    Apple Filing Protocol Insecure Implementation
    2004-03-01

    Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
    2004-10-05

    Apple Mac OS X Security Update Fixes iChat Vulnerability
    2004-09-17

    Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
    2004-09-08

    Mozilla / Mozilla Firefox Apple Java Plugin Tab Spoofing Vulnerability
    2004-08-30

    Netscape Apple Java Plugin Tab Spoofing Vulnerability
    2004-08-27

    Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
    2004-08-10

    Apple Mac OS X Internet Connection Privilege Escalation
    2004-07-27

    Mac OS X Multiple Unspecified Vulnerabilities
    2004-05-30

    Mac OS X Volume URI Handler Registration Code Execution Vulnerability
    2004-05-22

    Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
    2004-05-04

    Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
    2004-04-07

    Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
    2004-02-24

    Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
    2004-01-27

    Mac OS X Local Denial of Service Vulnerability
    2004-01-05

    Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
    2003-12-22

    Mac OS X cd9660.util Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
    2003-12-16

    Mac OS X Insecure Default DHCP Packet Handling Vulnerability
    2003-11-27

    Mac OS X Security Update Fixes Multiple Vulnerabilities
    2003-11-20

    Mac OS X Terminal Application Unspecified Vulnerability
    2003-11-06

    That’s the last 12 months. Apple has managed to patch them all before any major exploit. The day will come when they won’t beat the clock. Stay updated, keep your firewall up and run an AV program.

  5. The point is that the Mac OS is not invulnerable, just relatively safe. Compared to Windows anything looks good. The very fact that Mac OS X has yet to be hacked in a big way could make it a target for someone wanting to make a big point.
    Current unpatched vulnerabilities are rarely released to the public. Apple & the FreeBSD people have done a good job. My warning is to the people living in Fool’s Paradise who think that they can network and surf with impunity.
    I’m not trolling, just bringing the fanboys back to reality.

  6. The issue is not Windows, I run a Macintosh. The issue is security and many Mac users are living in a Fool’s Paradise. The question is not if, but when will OS X be compromised and how.

    Many OS X users run their Macs in Admin mode with easily compromised passwords and many ports open for all the world to see. They also run 3rd party applications that network or access the internet either actively or in the background. Every time you install an app that has auto-update/install features on it you are opening a potential avenue for compromise.

    If you have Classic installed and are connected to the Internet or a Network your system is VERY vulnerable. Rendezvous technology broadcasts your computer across a network and could potentially be used for an exploit. Remote Desktop Client, IM, printer sharing, VPC, online gaming and other apps open you up to potential exploits that Apple has no responsibility for.

    The point is that just because you are running Mac OS X does not mean you should fail to use common sense security guidelines and practices. How many posts have you seen about Mac users bragging about no using or needing Anti-Virus software?

    It does not really matter how the eventual compromise of OS X happens (Apple App or 3rd Party App), the media will be on it like white on rice. The smugness of many in the Mac community is just going to make them smile all the more when they get to turn the knife.

  7. Duh, you guys! We get yer point Sec@Home. But the fact is that Apple is able to head off security issues and release pertinent updates to protect their customers. Make all the points you want and then times it by 100 against Windows. There truely IS no comparison. Apple wins. Hands down. I’ll forever love my Mac’s.

  8. Securtiy@home, please name the ports on Mac OS X that are open, becuz I don’t know of any that can be opened without the administrator password!!
    an ohh please how many are running apps that auto update the only apps that really auto update are microsoft apps & virus apps, which i never run on my computer! Stop dreaming up all this foolishness and waste your time on something esle. As someone says apple is updating most things in a timely fashion and with safari & it’s pop up blocker, there are no stupid links to pull u into a stupid worms & viruses. If u are truly running a mac you wouldn’t be so damn concerned about security as u are, so I can tell u are windows user! stop ur lies and fine a wintel site to waste ur time on!

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