Stebben84 wrote:I think Mac's used to be safer than they are now.
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Mac-B ... rs-699749/
Flashback is really pretty benign. Worst case, it offers up some dumb ads.
A lot of people are actually already immune to it, either due to having some sort of antivirus app or one of a few seemingly arbitrary other apps running.
On execution, the malware checks if the following path exists in the system:
If any of these are found, the malware will skip the rest of its routine and proceed to delete itself.
In cases where the user did not input their administrator password, the malware checks if the following path exists in the system:
/Applications/Microsoft Office 2008
/Applications/Microsoft Office 2011
If any of these are found, the malware again skips the rest of its routine and proceeds to delete itself, presumably to avoid infecting a system that has an incompatible application installed.
It's natural that malware authors will start to devote some attention to the Mac as a platform, given it's growing market share. This is hardly cause for a Chicken Little moment, though.