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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Mac OS X Vulnerability

Over the last 2 weeks there have been some rumblings of Mac OS X vulnerabilities that could put your data at risk. It appears today, that there is a valid problem in existence.

As you may have noticed, if and when you download a .DMG file from a web site, it can mount and install itself after the download completes. Unfortunately, this opens a hole where malicious software could do the same action and alter or delete your data.

There is no complete fix yet available, but I assume Apple will have some sort of fix in place before the end of the week.

In the meantime, you can reduce your exposure in the following ways:

Run Safari

Select Safari Menu, Preferences...

Click on the General Tab

Uncheck the checkbox labeled "Open Safe Files After Downloading"

Close the preferences window

* Additionally, as always, be aware of what you are downloading and where you are downloading from. Be especially careful with files ending in .DMG.

* Backup your data. Even bugs in legitimate software can damage your data, so take this as an opportunity to re-visit your backup procedures to insure that your data is protected.

Here are 2 articles detailing the issues of this vulnerability:


Watch this space for further updates from Apple regarding this problem.


At 2:40 PM, Blogger Douglas said...

See Also: http://www.welchwrite.com/blog/2004/05/macintouch-fixes-for-mac-os-x.asp


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