Many avid users of Apple’s Mac OS may feel secure because the operating software they are using is not Microsoft, an OS notoriously known as a prime target for hackers and malware developers. However, Apple’s Snow Leopard isn’t all strong and immune to malware attacks. This is probably what Apple has recently realized as it released an update for its anti-virus program. The company’s 10.6.4 release includes an embedded code that detects a specific type of malware attack.
Details on the anti-virus update
According to Sophos, the company that was behind the embedded code, the updated version contains a code that serves as a fix that can actually detect a Pinhead-B attack. The Pinhead-B malware tricks computer users into opening a fake version of the iPhoto. Once this fake iPhoto program is opened, the program installs a trojan horse into the PC. “Sophos found additional code in the MacOS “Xprotect” file,” adding to a basic list of malware and other bad programs that have targeted the Mac OS Snow Leopard in the past. Although the list is small, Apple has prepared by coming up with program updates. However, a mere 5.1KB update isn’t really enough to protect Mac users from possible malware attacks in the future.
Flaws of Mac OS’s anti-malware program
Sophos has stated that the current anti-malware system used by Apple is so simple that it doesn’t have enough abilities to serve as a deterrent against attacks. Sophos also added that currently, the Mac OS is still isn’t protected against plenty of virus and malware threats that target the specific operating software. Because of this, a more advanced and more effective anti-malware system is needed for the Mac OS.
Apple not disclosing the update
Aside from the anti-malware program’s basic update, another issue thrown at Apple is that the company didn’t disclose this important update during the release of its 10.6.4 version. This is a minor adjustment since it’s just an update against a single type of malware attack, but some are curious as to why Apple didn’t mention a thing about the security update in its notes for release. This curious incident has led some people to think that this update is not worth it to include in the notes or that Apple is embarrassed about the flaws its current security vault has.
Despite these issues regarding Apple’s recent security update for its Snow Leopard operating system, many are happy that Apple is making moves against possible malware attacks. However, the sooner that Apple realizes that its software is quite vulnerable to virus and malware attacks, the better it is for millions of Mac users worldwide. Apple may take pride in its unique software but as its products continue to become more popular, more and more people will take advantage of it and create malware and virus programs that specifically target the Mac OS. Some users may have complete faith in Steve Jobs and his plans for Apple computers, but according to Sophos, Apple should pay better attention to its security programs.