Today we published a new research paper on WireLurker, a family of malware targeting both Mac OS and iOS systems for the past six months.
We believe that this malware family heralds a new era in malware attacking Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms based on the following characteristics:
Of known malware families distributed through trojanized / repackaged OS X applications, it is the biggest in scale we have ever seen
It is only the second known malware family that attacks iOS devices through OS X via USB
It is the first malware to automate generation of malicious iOS applications, through binary file replacement
It is the first known malware that can infect installed iOS applications similar to a traditional virus
It is the first in-the-wild malware to install third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices through enterprise provisioning
WireLurker was used to trojanize 467 OS X applications on the Maiyadi App Store, a third-party Mac application store in China. In the past six months, these 467 infected applications were downloaded over 356,104 times and may have impacted hundreds of thousands of users.
OS X Yosemite is coming, and how you can be prepared for the new OS X?
Follow the tips below
Most of us are counting the time to have on hands the final release of OS X Yosemite, which will bring significant changes in their appearance and stability.
Now, the most important thing before you install and use the new OS X, is you check if your current Hack will be compatible with OS X Yosemite without major issues, and prevent some possible Extress.
Well, if you currently use OS X Mavericks, it's likely that you can use the Yosemite. But not everything is perfect. Something you should be aware of, is the fact that some components like Video, WiFi, USB kexts, or for port activation of your graphic card like HDMI, VGA or DVI.
In the most of cases, we only use HDMI, which requires a patch at AppleIntelFramebufferCapri kext, you can use without issues Mavericks' kexts in Yosemite, but it may happen, just as happened to me, some video crashes and artifacts at your display.
What you can do now is to keep a backup of the used methods and their respective patches at a Pendrive, or store it at your cloud account using DropBox, iCloud etc ...
Always keep a backup of your working kexts and/or plugins.
Backup your DSDT, SSDT and any other custom ACPI table you have. If you use Chameleon, also make sure you have a backup of the Extra folder with its contents, like org.chameleon.Boot.plist and FileNVRAM.
Now, for those who uses Clover in UEFI mode, will be pretty easy. As Clover uses the EFI partition to store its files and this partition is independent from the partition where OS X is installed, if you do not re-partition your drive, you have nothing to worry about.
So, be careful while installing OS X 10.10. Never change the partition layout of your HDD, for example, change it from GPT to MBR, by doing this your EFI partition will be deleted.
If you are unsure about something, or did not like Yosemite and wants to return to the Mavericks, make a full backup of OS X. Do not think that Hack things are like real Macs, and that at any issue you can use Time Machine to revert things back.
Use tools that will fit your needs and save you time.
An excellent tool is the CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner - 30 days of use) or SuperDuper which is free.
The advantage of CCC is that you can save the bootloader, then, just restore it to an external HDD/Pendrive and install it normally.
SuperDuper only backup OS X and not the bootloader. But this is not a problem, because onceOS X was restored, download and install the Bootloader does not take 3 minutes.
Now one tip that will allow you a quality support is: Never use methods of other forums, even more those we don’t give support, as Tonymac, Niresh and others.
Understand that we don’t hate them, but think logically: If you like to use their tools, the best thing shouldn't ask for support at their forums? And vice-versa with respect to us.
Another tip that can help you a lot, always be patient. Look, we all use a new OS X, where the problems will probably be solved differently. So, don’t expect the developers or Staff members use a magic wand to fix the problems, they also need to study new ways, and when they are available, we put in the best way for you.
Well this are the tips that I bring to you. And I await with much anxiety the next Keynote.
Apple offers to developers the first Golden Master of OS X Yosemite.
Remember that the Golden Master means that the development of OS X Yosemite is completed but despite this, it remains to Apple to finalize the development of different software and features that accompany it, hence it's called "Candidate 1.0".
But it's not the first time, Apple already did it with OS X Mavericks.