February 24, 2006 2:46 PM PST

This week in Apple

A serious flaw in Mac OS X could be a conduit for attackers to install malicious code on computers running the Apple Computer software, experts warn.

The flaw exposes Mac users to risks that are more familiar to Windows users: Visiting a malicious Web site using Apple's Safari Web browser could result in a rootkit, a backdoor or other malicious software being installed on the computer without the user noticing anything, experts said. Apple is developing a patch for the flaw, a company representative said. Word of the new vulnerability comes after the recent discovery of a Trojan horse and a worm that target Mac users. The operating system had not been in the security crosshairs previously.

Apple confirmed that it plans to introduce some "fun new products " next week, but declined to say more about what those products might be. In an e-mail sent to journalists, the company merely said the invited scribes should come to the company's headquarters Tuesday to learn more.

"Come see some fun, new products from Apple," the company said in its invitation. Unlike past invitations, which hinted at which product Apple was targeting, the current invitation includes just a picture of a calendar with only the date Feb. 28 on it.

Apple's celebrating its 30th birthday, and you're invited. Tell us how the company's products have impacted you over the years. And be sure to include photos of you with your favorite Apple computers or gadgets. We'll include a sampling of your submissions in an upcoming CNET News.com report. E-mail your pictures and anecdotes to apple-birthday@cnet.com.

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but...
The option of having a check mark for "open safe files after
downloading" isn't a flaw... it's an option. The fact that apple leaves
this checked by default is the problem... but it's not a flaw in the
OS.
The flaw lies in the fact that the OS can be tricked by terminal
commands within a zip file.. but it still needs you to enter a
password.. and unzip the file.. which requires a lot of good "social
engineering".....
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Oh, C'mon...
When this kind of "option" in Windoze is mentioned by Apple owners, it's called a "flaw". Why? because the software corporation has programmed the OS this way in default. It doesn't matter if it's a choice, if it were, then those who are critical of Windoze would have made the distinction. Because they don't, then neither should anyone else. Windoze is now secure enough for the hackers, crackers, & black-hats to now try to ruin Apples' OS, and their owners lives. The big question is: will Apple, Inc. servive the onslaught? Answer: Most definitely!
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