Oct 25 2004
The new Opener “virus” (or “Malware”) does pose a threat, but that’s all it will ever pose. The script (as most educated users are calling it) disables OSX’s built-in Firewall, creates a backdoor, downloads a password cracker, and ships your cracked passwords out to a home base (I’m sure it sends out more, but that’s the most important item). However, like all scripts which modify system files, Opener must receive authorization from an administrator to run. Yes, this evil script will politely ask you for permission before ransacking your computer. The moral of the story is, don’t give access to unknown processes and don’t give your admin password to untrusted individuals.
In this case, the only security hole is the user.
“I figure with the degree of access a malicious person would need to have in order to apply this script to my Mac, they could save themselves the trouble and just steal the machine off my desk.” ~ Rick