Konichiwa, I’m a mac


8 thoughts on “Konichiwa, I’m a mac

  1. Cute… but deceptive as always. Simple fact — less than 5% of personal computers in use worldwide are Macs. If I were to be in the malware business, what market would interest me more? It’s not that Mac’s aren’t vulnerable to junk, it’s just that the assholes who write it aren’t interested in the platform.

    But I’m sure all of you already knew that.

    Of course, now that Mac’s are intel based, you could always load XP or (soon) Vista onto them, and join in the fun! Perhaps the ad should say “OS-X vs. XP”.

  2. Hi Brad. yeah, I’m familiar with that argument, just as I’m sure you must be familiar with the counter-argument that, given the perceived arrogance of all us mac zealots when it comes to viruses, wouldn’t it be a feather in the cap of some fame-seeking hacker just to write one anyway? They love to be first, don’t they? He’d be a goddam Winhero, Gates would probably adopt him. He’d certainly never have to work again. Hasn’t happened, has it?.. “..It’s not that Mac’s aren’t vulnerable to junk..” Sorry, but there’s never been a Mac virus – I wish there was some other way of saying it..

  3. Quite the contrary, there have been a few. Not quite the 95:5 ratio that pc’s have to mac’s, but if you’re interested, check out:


    This is OS-X, however previous Mac OS’es have had other “issues” as well.

  4. Ah yes – the famous Leap.A ‘vulnerability’. As we’re citing web sources, I give you the Ambrosia Software web board, which had the following to say..

    “…You cannot be infected by this unless you do all of the following:

    1) Are somehow sent (via email, iChat, etc.) or download the “latestpics.tgz” file

    2) Double-click on the file to decompress it

    3) Double-click on the resulting file to “open” it

    …and then for non-Admin users, it fails to infect most applications.

    You cannot simply “catch” the virus. Even if someone does send you the “latestpics.tgz” file, you cannot be infected unless you unarchive the file, and then open it.

    A few important points

    — This should probably be classified as a Trojan, not a virus, because it doesn’t self-propagate externally (though it could arguably be called a very non-virulent virus)

    — It does not exploit any security holes; rather it uses “social engineering” to get the user to launch it on their system

    — If you’re not running as an admin user, it will silently fail to infect most applications

    — It doesn’t actually do anything other than attempt to propagate itself via iChat, and then only via Bonjour! (aka “Rendezvous) — it does not sent itself over the Internet, rather just to your local Bonjour user list

    — It has a bug in the code that prevents it from working as intended, which has the side-effect of preventing infected applications from launching

    — It’s not particularly sophisticated

    –I’d really be tempted to call this thing a non-event; it’s poorly written, can’t spread beyond your local network, is unlikely to infect anything on most machines, and needs user interaction to do anything at all–…”

    So, all in all, not a very virulent virus then, if it can be called one at all, which I doubt. But you say there have been ‘a few’ – care to point me in the direction of the others?..

    …and yes, previous Mac OSes have had ‘issues’ – I can certainly attest to that. But we are talking about ‘viruses’ here..


  5. Just a thought, in case you do take up the offer of pointing out some more, I should say that I won’t consider ‘macarena’ or ‘inqtana’, both of which are supposed ‘proof-of-concept’ viruses, and pose no actual threat. At least one of them seems to have been ‘discovered’ by Symantec in an effort to boost sales of their, er..marvellous security software. ‘Proof-of-concept’- love the idea! Seems, despite the 95% dominance, which you’ve now twice alluded to, Windowsians have an almost theistic reverence for the idea of the Mac Virus. “Even though there’s no evidence, we believe that it must exist, and it will be revealed to the faithful in the fullness of time..”

  6. With the exceptions of the PNP and RPC bugs from three years ago, nearly all malware distributed follows the same type of infection scheme you describe above. Trick a stupid user into opening an attachment, or installing software proffered by some website. A bit of social engineering (a.k.a. “A postcard has been sent to you!” or some other guise) accompanys these applications as enticements for the user to run them. The OS has nothing to do with it, other than doing what the user asked them to do. In these cases, it’s not a malware issue per se, but a user education issue. Where’s Nancy Reagan talking about “Just say NO” when you need her?

    If you want to lay blame for these vulnerabilities, try smacking around the people who write this junk. A little like the old argument of “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. But that’s another fight for another time.

  7. They shoulda used me for their advertizing.

    “My dick’s bigger than yours.”

    “Yeah, but Ron – you have more diseases than me, man..”

    My dick is bigger than yours, by the way.


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