Patched in mid-2005 by Apple, Symantec warns ‘Inqtana-A’ worm could be ‘beginning of a trend’

“A second Mac security threat has appeared. Security experts at Sophos have issued protection against this second Mac OS X worm, which is called ‘Inqtana-A,'” Macworld UK reports. “This worm spreads among Macs using a Bluetooth vulnerability (known as CAN-2005-1333), it appeared within days of the discovery of the Mac OS Leap-A Trojan last week. Once again, the threat isn’t critical. The Bluetooth flaw the worm exploits was addressed by Apple in mid-2005, when the company released a patch to protect against it. This means the worm is unlikely to spread successfully. Sophos warns that Mac users should keep their software up to date, applying Apple Security and OS updates as they are released.”

Full article here.

“F-Secure and Symantec have both called Inqtana a “proof-of-concept” worm, saying that it is just an example of a potential attack code, and probably won’t be any treat to users. Symantec Security Response director, Vincent Weafer, however, believes that this could be the beginning of a trend,’ TeleClick reports. ‘We have speculated that attackers would turn their attention to other platforms, and two back-to-back examples of malicious code targeting Macintosh OS X this week illustrates this emerging trend,’ Weafer warned.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A proof-of-concept worm that is no threat to users and was patched in mid-2005 “could be the beginning of a trend?” Give us a break.

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48 Comments

  1. Macaday

    Play fair. A large chunk of that 100k are also trojans requiring user input and unable to self-replicate.

    So let’s say 70,000 – 0. That’s better.

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  2. It’s amazing listening to the amount of smugness on this board…

    The first two OSX exploits arrive and all that most of you can say is …

    “Nothing to worry about, it’s not dangerous enough.”

    Remember that majority of the 100,000 Windows exploits are low-level threats too.

  3. “…and two back-to-back examples of malicious code targeting Macintosh OS X this week illustrates this emerging trend,’ Weafer warned.”

    What trend would that be? Other anti-virus companies jumping on the bandwagon of Mac mass-hysteria?

    MDN word, “GREED”

  4. I downloaded ClamXav virus protection. Mainly because I work in a Windows environment and I don’t want to be blamed for forwarding a Windows virus in an email.

    I also downloaded it because I want to be in the habit of using it. It may be that the days of no Mac malware is over. I think hackers will be encouraged by thee headlines more than anything else.

    When there’s a will there’s a way. Now may come Mac OS X’s baptism of fire. I am confident that the threats will always remain very small and confined to social networks of irresponsible users.

    Won’t be long before my kids are part of that group. Protect yourself against your children.

  5. By the way, do these idiots realize that the effective range of Bluetooth is only 30 feet?!? So even if this was a real threat that hadn’t been patched already several months ago, you would have to get within 30 feet of someone’s Mac in order to exploit this! God, Symantec is a pathetic joke…

  6. The Titanic was unsinkable; the Maginot Line could not be over run, and Iraq had weapons of mass distruction. There are very few absolutes. It’s simply common sense to suggest that OS X will eventually be infected by something even MDN could agree is a threat. To suggest that OS X will always have fewer viruses than Windoze is probably true; however, all it takes is one to ruin your day.
    I’m not running anti-virus at the moment, but the day is coming when I probably will have to. I’d love to be proved wrong.

  7. I think since Apple moved into the intel platform some Antivirus Sotware makers are exploiting OSX by creating these viruses.

    They, the antivirus software makers, are responsible for creating these viruses and then alarming people that they need to get their latest software.

    These exploits are only minimal and will not hurt anyone. What idiot is going to download these exploits and the knowingly install it on their computers.

    These exploits are a lousy excuse for not being able to create a virus on the Mac.

  8. rhoytink…

    Okay I’ll rub your ego and say that, MACS ARE SAFER THAN WINDOWS…

    Now that it’s been said, do you feel better? You’re missing the whole point. I don’t think anyone is trying to argue that we might as well jump ship now and swim to the other side… These articles have nothing to do with which platform is safer..

    The point is that in it’s five years of existence, Mac OSX has seen it’s first two exploits this week.. Let’s put the arrogance aside, and learn to accept the fact that we will most likely be facing more sophisticated attacks in the near future..

  9. ‘We’ are awake and we do know OSX is not invulnerable. But for heavens sake only bother me when there is some real action… Nothing in all this is very momentous or very threatening. It has a long way to go before I would be fearful…

  10. Mike wrote:
    The point is that in it’s five years of existence, Mac OSX has seen it’s first two exploits this week.. Let’s put the arrogance aside, and learn to accept the fact that we will most likely be facing more sophisticated attacks in the near future.

    Let’s clarify – it’s the first two exploits in the wild, not the “first” two exploits. There have been quite a few exploits discovered for MacOS X, and all have been patched by Apple (remember all the “Security Updates”?).

    No operating system is perfect; everyone makes mistakes. It’s how you handle the mistakes that people look at. And Apple handles them superbly, while Microsoft … well … shall we say, has quite a ways to go.

    MW: “much”, as in “The reporting of these ‘exploits’ count as much ado about nothing.”

  11. Macaday says: “But for heavens sake only bother me when there is some real action…”

    Who is bothering you? You are the one who is voluntarily posting comments on the subject..

    All the article that I’ve read so far have clearly stated that these exploits are low-level thrreats and are affecting a minimal amount of users.

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