Apple releases Flashback malware removal tool

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Apple releases Flashback malware removal tool
pple has released an automated removal tool to help users remove the flashback mal ware discovered by Dr. Web in April. It had infected an estimated half a million computers worldwide within a couple of weeks.
         The Flashback malware is a Trojan that has been designed to exploit vulnerability in java, allowing it to steal user information through the web browser and other applications, and flash it back to remote servers. It has many variants, some that mask themselves as Adobe Flash video and other browser plug-ins that users mistakenly agree to install without direct user interaction.

          Other companies released their own removal tools for the virus, starting with Kaspersky and F-Secure, and then Symantec, a little ahead of Apple- which had announced it would be developing one, two days prior to Symantec's tool release. Apple's tool will be part of a security update to Java. The fruity giant says the Flashback removal tool will get at the "the most common variants" of the malware, and also block automatic webpage Java applet execution.

          The Apple Flashback removal tool is only available for systems running OS X IO.6 or later, and will be bundled with the latest Java runtime, that also contains its own patches. The tool will install MRTAgent and a command line tool, which scour and find any Flashback malware instances, submit a log to Apple and then delete themselves. While all currently known Flashback variants should be successfully removed by the Apple tool, it will require regular updates to work effectively. Apple will also be working with internet service providers to try and disable access to the remote servers that the Trojan malware is coordinating with. Experts are predicting the time of “no malware for Mac” is at an end, with the bad guys or malware authors turning their sights to platform, deftly using their experience with the Windows and Linux malware. You can download the removal tools with Java for OS X Lion 2012-003 or Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 8 packages.


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Apple releases Flashback malware removal tool