Apple readies MacDefender patch [u]
What’s different about today from about a year ago? Beyond a lot of hater vituperation, not much. That is, the Mac is no more or less vulnerable than it was, and don’t download crap and definitely don’t give your credit card info to scumbags.
[u] fscklog.com (via MacRumors) has published a screen cap from the developer release of the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Updater that states explicitly Apple’s MacDefender patch will indeed arrive as part of the operating system update.
Apple has acknowledged MacDefender and promised a patch. Even before the mothership provided their advice and detailed a clean up method, an effective MacDefender removal method has been available for about a month.
Thereupon, our friends at AppleInsider and TUAW report that Apple has seeded a fresh prerelease build of Mac OS X 10.6.8 to developers. As build 10K531 comes to market with no known issues and has been in development for about eight weeks (about how long it takes), it’s a fair bet that Mac OS X 10.6.8 will ship very soon.
Further, as Mac OS X already has a malware blocker built-in, it shouldn’t take too much effort for Apple to extend that functionality to protect against MacDefender, MacGuard and the other variants of this phishing scheme masquerading as malware.
If not this OS update, then there will be a stand alone updater and we’re probably looking at days vis-a-vis delivery — an AppleScript could easily do the job.
In the meantime, turn off “Open Safe Files” in Safari and you can find out how to do that in our Top 10 free ways to secure your Mac. And, if you’ve already been affected by MacDefender et al, check the Fairer Platform’s removal guide.
Enjoy the holiday…