I see that Apple have now released a security fix that targets the MacDefender malware. The update also includes several variants of the scareware, including MacProtector and MacSecurity.
Well done Apple!
The update, however, only works with Snow Leopard 10.6.7. An automatic removal tool is included and the update will also check downloads and e-mails.
Apple call their programme File Quarantine – call it what you like, but it’s essentially an Anti Virus (AV). Of course, Apple fans have always said that they don’t need this sort of thing because Macs will never be targeted. But even Apple themselves have stated that Snow Leopard checks for malware – even though they did say it rather quietly.
What I find rather interesting is that the update itself includes a new update mechanism. According to one of Apple’s notes “The system will check daily for updates to the File Quarantine malware definition list.” Guess what that means? Yes Apple users, welcome to the wonderful world of regular AV signature file updates!
Could it be that Macs will soon be having their malware definition files updated daily? As they say, an Apple a day…Filed under Security