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The new Web-based social engineering attack, first detected on a compromised website in Colombia, relies on a malicious Java applet to install backdoors on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. When you first visit such a compromised site, you are prompted to install the Java applet, which unsurprisingly hasn't been signed with a certificate. If you do so, the applet checks which operating system you have (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux) and then drops a corresponding Trojan for your platform.

F-Secure, which first found the Web exploit, detects the initial malware as Trojan-Downloader:Java/GetShell.A. The respective payloads for Windows, Mac, and Linux are detected as follows: Backdoor:W32/GetShell.A, Backdoor:OSX/GetShell.A (PowerPC binary, requires Rosetta on an Intel-based platform), and Backdoor:Linux/GetShell.A.

Article: http://www.zdnet.com/cross-platform-trojan-checks-your-os-attacks-windows-mac-linux-7000000656/

My take: Total game changer for security... Worth a read.
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Is this for java users only?

Idk what java is even used for or why you would want to have it installed.......

Although most of these trojan news stories that I've read have java being the cause.
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I don't get it , wasn't this possible in 2001 ?
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Is this for java users only?
Idk what java is even used for or why you would want to have it installed.......
Although most of these trojan news stories that I've read have java being the cause.

It is essential for the vast majority of web based applications.... It's for any system that has Java Installed...
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Java looks more like swiss cheese everyday
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My take: Total game changer for security... Worth a read.

Plenty of code checks the OS or browser type for compatibility in CSS and HTML already, what's surprising about this?

You still need to install it .
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Plenty of code checks the OS or browser type for compatibility in CSS and HTML already, what's surprising about this?
You still need to install it .

Well the logical fallacy that one OS is more immune than the other is the issue here. All it takes is a malicious applet to load on an unsuspecting webpage and a user can unknowingly infect their system. And this is cross-platform, which means it can be Windows, Linux, and OSX. So people's false sense of security will be their undoing.

Everyone is kind of missing the point that this Trojan downloader affects all OS's and downloads packages on the basis of whatever OS you're using.
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Everyone is kind of missing the point that this Trojan downloader affects all OS's and downloads packages on the basis of whatever OS you're using.

Sure, but unless the Linux or OSX malware itself is unique, I don't see how this is that big of a deal.

You could get the same infection using each OS by browsing a site aimed at infecting Windows, Linux or OSX, this code just makes a single page/ad/whatever work on 3 operating systems instead of having to make 3 infection pages/ads/whatever targeted at each one. And the vast number of visitors to the infected media should be Windows based anyway, right?

I'm not super versed in malware, am I missing something there?
    
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Sure, but unless the Linux or OSX malware itself is unique, I don't see how this is that big of a deal.
You could get the same infection using each OS by browsing a site aimed at infecting Windows, Linux or OSX, this code just makes a single page/ad/whatever work on 3 operating systems instead of having to make 3 infection pages/ads/whatever targeted at each one. And the vast number of visitors to the infected media should be Windows based anyway, right?
I'm not super versed in malware, am I missing something there?

For the most part you are correct, however the biggest reason why this is important is because this is one of the first examples of Malware that test the OS, and then work from there, working on the most popular platforms. The biggest deal is that a cross platform Trojan has been developed, it's now only really a stone's throw to a cross platform worm. Consider this a proof of concept. Especially If this trend really takes off.
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I'm still missing something. It can't be possible that someone is JUST NOW writing code to check on the OS. Not to clog the thread up, but why was this not possible in the past? I only see if...else statements that point to platform specific malware. That seems incredibly trivial to me.
    
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