27 Jul 2011

OS X Lion shows vulnerabilities

Apple's latest operating system, OS X Lion, was released only days ago, but already news of vulnerabilities in what has historically been a relatively safe OS are coming to light.

PC Magazine reports that the most recent attack on the Apple operating system is little more than a tweaked version of malware that traditionally went after computers running Windows. The Trojan, which was also reported on by InformationWeek, is being called the Olyx backdoor and is similar to the GhostNet Trojan first seen in 2009.

But Trojans aren't the only issue plaguing the new OS. Password recovery firm Passware has discovered it is possible to access login passwords in "a matter of minutes" from computers running OS X Lion.

"The process takes a few minutes, regardless of the password strength and use of a FileVault encryption," the company said in a press release. "The vulnerability is present in all modern versions of Mac OS, including Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and the latest Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, released last week."

In an interview last week with Forbes, internet security researcher Charlie Miller said Apple laptop batteries are also vulnerable for attack.