Trojan.SMSSend.3666 goes into the wild, poses as Mac OS X software

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 08:14
Category: News, security, Software

You should listen to your more paranoid relatives around the holiday dinner table when they say that there’ll always be someone trying to run a scam on someone else.

Just because they’re paranoid doesn’t make them wrong.

Per CNET, Russian security firm Dr. Web has uncovered another malware attempt on OS X systems that tries to exploit users with SMS fraud.

The new malware is a Trojan horse, dubbed “Trojan.SMSSend.3666,” and is part of a family of Trojan malware for Windows and other platforms that have affected Windows users for years.

As with all Trojans, these pose as legitimate programs that are made available for download from a number of underground Web sites, with this current one for OS X appearing to be an installer for a program called VKMusic 4, a utility whose legitimate version is used for communication between machines on a European social network called VK.

During its installation, the malware triggers an SMS fraud routine where it asks users to enter cell phone numbers, then sends them SMS messages to confirm, which then subscribes the users to a scam that charges high fees for junk messages being sent to their phones.

Unlike recent malware targeted at OS X, this one is not a Java-based attempt to hack the system and install dropper programs that open backdoor access to the system. This one is built as a Mach-O binary that uses the OS X native runtime; however, this change does not alter the threat level significantly. Since the malware is distributed through underground means and requires specific user interaction both to install, and then subsequently and knowingly provide private information, it is a relatively minimal threat.

However, despite its slight impact, it does add yet another instance to the relatively short list of malware for OS X as compared to those for Windows and other platforms.

As with other recent malware for OS X, this one appears to be built specifically to fool those that use the European VK social network, as opposed to being a more widespread attempt, as was seen with the “MacDefender” malware.

Apple’s current XProtect malware definitions have not yet been updated to identify this new scourge, but as it gets analyzed and identified by security firms, the definitions will spread out for various anti-malware utilities. However, overall the main security tips emphasized by this development are to first check where any installer for your system came from, and then be cautious about giving out personal information including phone numbers and addresses. This is especially true for any installer you downloaded from a site that is not directly from the developer itself.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Revised Google Maps app for iOS goes live, now available

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 08:29
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

You’ve been hankering for it and it’s here.

Late Wednesday, Google released the iOS-native version of its Google Maps application. The app, a 6.7 megabyte download via the App Store, adds the following fixes and changes:

Search:
– Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.

– Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.

– Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.

Directions:
– Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.

– Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.

– Access live traffic information in cities across the world.

Street View and imagery:
– View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.

– See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.

– View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Simple and easy to use:
– An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.

– Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.

– Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.

Google Maps 1.0 for iOS requires iOS 5.1 or later to install and run. If you’ve tried the new app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Adobe releases Flash Player 11.6.602.108 update

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 07:11
Category: News, security, Software

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On Monday, Adobe released Flash Player 11.6.602.108 for Mac OS X, a 11.9 megabyte download via MacUpdate. The new version is for Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.108 and earlier versions and adds the following fixes and changes:

– Bug fixes related to security, stability, performance, and device compatibility.

Full release notes are available here and the new version requires an Intel-based Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new Flash Player and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

CrossOver updated to 12.0

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Date: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 07:48
Category: News, Software

CrossOver, the popular virtualization program from CodeWeavers, has been updated to version 12.0. The new version, a 119.5 megabyte download, is available as a demo, offers the following fixes and changes:

WHAT’S NEW:
– CrossOver now incorporates our experimental Mac Driver. With the Mac Driver, Windows programs running under CrossOver no longer have to use the X Window System to interact with the screen and keyboard. This feature is currently experimental but will become the way all CrossOver applications work on OS X in the future.
CrossOver has improved font handling for fonts used by certain applications, such as National Mah Jongg League Online.

Application Support:
– CrossOver now supports World of Tanks.

– CrossOver now supports Quicken 2013.

– CrossOver now supports installation of .Net 4.0.

Improvements to Microsoft Office:
– Fixed a crash displaying certain email messages in Outlook 2010.

– Outlook 2010 will now save passwords.

– Improved Gmail and other IMAP connections with Outlook 2007.

– Fixed auto-discovery during account configuration for Outlook 2007.

– PowerPoint 2010 now displays equations in slide shows.

– PowerPoint 2010 no longer displays blank slides.

– Fixed bugs in Word 2010 which caused the equation editor to be missing structures and formulas.

– Fixed a bug in Word 2010 related to footnote style choices.

– Project 2007 and 2010 can now edit dates for recurring tasks.

– Fixed a crash in Project 2010 when filtering by resource name.

– Visio 2002 can now search for new shapes.

– Visio 2010 now displays properly when multiple shapes are open.

– Star Trek Online is now faster during game updates.

– Quicken 2009 no longer has garbled text on its buttons.

– An issue with installation of .Net 3.5 SP1 was resolved.

– World of Warcraft has had fixes related to patching and installation.

CrossOver and Wine:
– CrossOver is now based on Wine 1.5.15.

– CrossOver’s built-in web-browser will offer to download and install ActiveX controls.

– CrossOver now comes bundled with the Wine-Mono package, an alternative implementation of the .Net API.

– CrossOver now implements Raw Input, the set of APIs used for mouse input by games like Guild Wars 2, World of Tanks, and others.

– Support for printing on a variety of paper sizes has been improved.

– DirectSound has a new resampler, for higher quality audio.

– CrossOver now has sub-pixel font anti-aliasing.

CrossOver 12.0 retails for US$59.95 and requires Mac OS X 10.6 and or later and an Intel-based Mac to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.