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To: JohnM who wrote (724)4/12/2012 5:25:14 PM
From: J.F. Sebastian
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Re: Flashback/Flashfake trojan

I would love to wait for the Apple fix. Any idea of a timeline before it is released.


The fix from Apple is now out, in the form of an update to Java. Just run Software Update from the Apple Menu in order to see it.

Looks like it doesn't take care of all variants of the Flashback/Flashfake trojan, for that I'd recommend some good anti-virus software. Here are two good free ones, they are constantly updated:

ClamXav

or

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

ClamXav is also available in the Mac App Store here.

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (727)4/12/2012 6:14:01 PM
From: JohnM
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Thanks again for all the help on Flashback. I've just run the detection software on the two stand alone computers in the house and both don't have a problem. I'll run it on the laptops later.

So I don't need software to delete it. Just software to keep us from getting it.

Again, thanks.

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (727)4/12/2012 7:27:54 PM
From: Cogito
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>>The fix from Apple is now out, in the form of an update to Java. Just run Software Update from the Apple Menu in order to see it.<<


The fix to prevent getting the infection is out, but their promised detection/removal tool isn't yet. I'd bet on seeing it no later than the end of next week, and probably sooner.

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To: Cogito who wrote (729)4/12/2012 9:24:22 PM
From: J.F. Sebastian
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The fix to prevent getting the infection is out, but their promised detection/removal tool isn't yet. I'd bet on seeing it no later than the end of next week, and probably sooner.

Well the current Java update does say "This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware."

I saw this at the MacInTouch site as well regarding today's Java update: Impact: A Flashback malware removal tool will be run
Description: This update runs a malware removal tool that will remove the most common variants of the Flashback malware. If the Flashback malware is found, it presents a dialog notifying the user that malware was removed. There is no indication to the user if malware is not found.

It was the previous update to Java, out a few days ago, that plugged the hole allowing the Flashback trojan to do its work. Today's update is a new one.

Unless I'm misunderstanding you, which is also entirely possible. :-)

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To: JohnM who wrote (728)4/12/2012 9:34:30 PM
From: J.F. Sebastian
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You're quite welcome, John. Glad to help. :-)

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (730)4/12/2012 9:43:32 PM
From: Cogito
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>>Well the current Java update does say "This Java security update removes the most common variants of the Flashback malware."<<


No, I wrote that before seeing the new update had just become available. I was a bit off in saying that I expected a removal tool by next Friday. ;-)

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To: Cogito who wrote (732)4/12/2012 9:53:18 PM
From: J.F. Sebastian
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No, I wrote that before seeing the new update had just become available.

Ah, gotcha, that makes sense.

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (702)4/13/2012 12:33:52 AM
From: J.F. Sebastian
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>>One last plug for Sparrow and then I'll stop. Promise! :-) ....Love it! :-)<<

I do too, my only quibbles with Sparrow (once I worked around the menu item problem) are:

1. It automatically downloads all images in emails, unlike the Gmail interface which gives you the option. This can lead to increased spam due to image web bugs used by spammers to track you.

I figured out the fix for this feature is already built into Sparrow.

Just go to Preferences/Advanced/Conversation View: and uncheck the option for Show Remote Images. I believe it's set to on by default. It will then give you the option to downloaded images only once or always for any given email -- just like Gmail and Yahoo do. :-)

That option could also be made clearer I think, perhaps I'll address that with the devs.

BTW, I'm developing a feature request list for Sparrow and will post it in their forums, so if anyone would like to add theirs let me know and I'll put it on that list.

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To: J.F. Sebastian who wrote (734)4/13/2012 1:01:07 AM
From: Lahcim Leinad
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Nice, thanks!

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To: Cogito who wrote (732)4/14/2012 11:20:39 AM
From: Sr K
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Are you using Dictate to post here?

I read your

No, I wrote that before seeing the new update

as

Note, I wrote that before seeing the new update

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