The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Researcher Finds New Mac OS X Vulnerability

Researcher Finds New Mac OS X Vulnerability

by , 1:30 PM EDT, July 19th, 2007

An anonymous researcher has found a serious vulnerability in Mac OS X, related to mDNS, written a worm to exploit it, and has claimed that Mac OS X "has a long way to go" on security. Apple has officially replied, according to ComputerWorld.

The researcher said that he (or she) will report the vulnerability to Apple at some point.

Apparently, there is a "still-unpatched bug in mDNSResponder, a component of Apple's Bonjour automatic network configuring service, [that] could be exploited by a worm," Gregg Keizer reported. Apple's security update 2007-005 included a fix, but the researcher claims that Apple did not attend to the complete code base and that bugs in the [open source] code remain.

Dave Aitel, the CTO at Immunity, Inc. in Miami questioned whether the researcher was able to write the worm only on a few hours, as claimed in the researcher's blog, but admitted that such exploits are still possible in the mDNS code.

The researcher had some harsh words for Apple and said, "I do believe in being responsible and working with vendors, but I also feel that some vendors need to be treated like children and learn lessons the hard way. Apple has a very long way to go when dealing with security issues in their products."

Apple's Anuj Nayer responded in an e-mail. "Apple takes security very seriously and has a great track record of addressing potential vulnerabilities before they can affect users," he said.

There are several factors at play here. Any modern OS will still have deep exploits. Smart and educated researchers, both bad guys and good guys, can still find them in open source code. The real question is not whether Mac OS X is perfectly secure. The question is, can Apple and the community of seasoned and humble technical professionals work together to find and patch the bugs faster than weaponized exploits can do any serious damage. So far, Apple has been successful in achieving that goal.

  

Recent Headlines - Updated March 27th

Fri,12:56 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-27: Tim Cook is the Top Leader, Leshi TV says Apple is Hitler
10:56 AM
Leshi TV CEO Says Apple is Hitler
9:29 AM
Apple Watch Compatible Apps are Already Arriving
8:55 AM
Numbers: Using the Quick Calculations Bar
Thu,9:20 PM
7 Things We Learned when Fortune Named Tim Cook World’s Greatest Leader
8:22 PM
How To Sell, Trade In, or Recycle Old Macs or PCs
7:35 PM
Apple’s App Store, iTunes, iBooks, Software Update Briefly Down for Some Users
6:08 PM
The New MacBook Giveaway
1:21 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-26: Apple’s Revamped iTunes Radio Plans, Amazon’s Big Cloud Storage
12:20 PM
X-Doria Defense Shield Case for iPhone 6 - Beautiful Yet Passes Drop Tests
11:31 AM
Amazon Adds Unlimited Storage Options to Cloud Drive
10:32 AM
Apple Tasks Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor with Making a Spotify Competitor
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!