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Second OS X worm appears
Published: 2006-02-17

Just one day after a new OS X Trojan/worm appears, a second worm has appeared that exploits old vulnerabilities in Apple's Bluetooth implementation.

The OSX.Inqtana.A worm is a proof-of-concept worm. Symantec has a description of the worm, which uses a BlueTooth Directory Traversal Vulnerability in OS X that was published on Bugtraq and patched by Apple in June 2005 (Note: SecurityFocus is owned by Symantec Corporation). F-Secure reports that the worm is written in Java. The worm has not been seen in the wild, and additionally is set to stop functioning after February 24th. It is not considered a threat to Mac users.

In other Mac security news, the OSx86 cracking forum has been shutdown, after receiving legal notice from Apple that they had violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The project had recently cracked Apple's Intel-based 10.4.4 operating system, which is specifically tied to Apple hardware, to enable it to run on ordinary beige PC clones. Other parts of the project's website remain up. In the process of cracking OS X, hackers discovered polite messages from Apple which included a file named, "Don't Steal Mac OS X.kext" and even a poem asking hackers to be more responsible in their actions:

"Your karma check for today:
There once was a user that whined
his existing OS was so blind,
he’d do better to pirate
an OS that ran great
but found his hardware declined.
Please don’t steal Mac OS!
Really, that’s way uncool.
(C) Apple Computer, Inc."


As Apple transitions its entire line of computers over to faster Intel-based technology, the platform continues to rapidly grow in popularity among hackers and the general population at large. Perhaps not understanding the culture of the Mac and its dedicated followers who purchase the US$129 operating system legitimately, hackers continue to work on getting OS X to run on PC clones for free.

Posted by: Kelly Martin
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