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Mac worm rumors swirl; Dai Zovi ships unofficial Mac OS X patch

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http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=388

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Amidst unconfirmed rumors that anonymous hackers have created a worm that exploits an unpatched code execution flaw in Mac OS X (Intel), a team of researchers have come up with a way to completely disable a buggy portion of the Mac code base.

Led by Mac security guru Dino Dai Zovi (of CanSecWest MacBook hijack fame), the researchers have created a third-party patch that removes the uPNP code from within mDNSResponder, the Bonjour system service that implements Multicast DNS Service Discovery for discovery of services on the local network.
Windows has never been that quick in releasing a patch, lol.
    
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post #2 of 25
Course not.

Its Windoze!

NJ I say.
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thats fast, i'll admit it. too fast..... *ominous music plays*
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thats because they want to keep a good reputation of virus free!
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They value wha they have.
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Did you read it though? its not apple releasing the patch, just some team of researchers. This is a third party.
    
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Did you read it though? its not apple releasing the patch, just some team of researchers. This is a third party.
Yeah...kind of wierd. though that's some brand loyalty there...never going to see some one release a fix for windows to plug a security hole who doesn't work for MS...performance and tweaks yes..but security issues...no way
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post #8 of 25
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Did you read it though? its not apple releasing the patch, just some team of researchers. This is a third party.
Exactly. It'd be a much better to compare a 3rd-party patch for another Unix or a Linux security hole to this than a company's ability to crank out patches.
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post #9 of 25
It's completely impossible to release a patch for a Windows flaw, however OS X has tons of open source code making it much simpler to identify the problem and patch it.
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Well I'm just waiting for some hacker to create a super MAC virus or something that just kills the PC and is unfixable. Then who will be laughing..
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