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InqTana Bluetooth Worm member Kevin has published a paper detailing the techniques he used in the development of the InqTana Bluetooth worm that targets vulnerable Mac OS X systems. There has been significant confusion surrounding this worm, so here are some salient points:

  • The concurrent release of the OS X Leap.A and InqTana.A worms is coincidental
  • There is no conspiracy, AV vendors and Apple were notified about Kevin's progress in developing this worm in advance of making details publicly available
  • Both 10.3 and 10.4 systems are vulnerable until patched with APPLE-SA-2005-05-03 and APPLE-SA-2005-06-08
  • InqTana prompts before infecting *by design*, Kevin was just trying to be nice, but the worm could easily spread silently

Kevin's paper is available at Comments can be directed to the BlueTraq mailing list. Our sympathies to those organizations who were affected by the false-positive signatures published by overzealous AV companies.

Posted by Joshua Wright on Thu, February 23, 2006 at 01:11 PM | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

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