[OS X TeX] OT: effective Macintosh Trojan in the wild

Bernhard Barkow bb at creativeeyes.at
Thu May 5 11:56:41 CEST 2005

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On 5. Mai 2005, at 11:12, Maarten Sneep wrote:
>> As an antivirus on OS X I only used Virex, and actually purchased  
>> my .Mac subscription essentially to get it. With Tiger Apple  
>> recommend against it (by saying it's only for Panther), though  
>> without telling the why.
> I tried to install it (7.2, through my ISP), and it can't connect  
> to retrieve updates to its definitions. There may be some other  
> parts that interfere with normal operation of the OS.
> On May 5, 2005, at 10:19 AM, Thorsten Scheffner wrote:
>> I read the discussion about viruses on mac and want to add one  
>> scanner: I use clamAV ( http://www.clamav.net ) as antivirus tool  
>> with ClamXav ( http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/ 
>> 24449 ) as gui frontend. It is a freeware scanner for unix, mac  
>> and win. It is really slow, a scan of my 30 GB-volume took about  
>> 2,5 hours and it does not find viruses on the classic enviroment.  
>> But it seems to "know" a lot of different viruses. Worth a look, I  
>> think.
> ClamAV is commonly used to scan incoming mail for virusses. Its  
> main advantage (especially for mail scanning) is that the  
> definitions can be updated very quickly: they actually advise you  
> to update them every 30 minutes or so (they use differences between  
> updates, so the network load isn't that bad). In emergency  
> situations (Sober.ZZZ suddenly appears), you can add your own  
> scanning signature.
> I noticed that I now have a deamon user for ClamAV on Tiger (I did  
> a clean install), so Apple knows about it in any case.
This seems to be a leftover from Tiger Server, where you can filter  
email on a OS X-based mail server through ClamAV or Amavis etc.
ClamAV's features sound promising, it would be nice to have a plugin  
for Apple Mail to use it for filtering emails only (on the client);  
as far as I found out you can only schedule it to scan certain files  
periodically or have it as a server-based filter. Or is there an  
option which I didn't see?

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