Monday, 05 September 2016 10:01

Transmission BitTorrent client for Mac compromised


Developers at the Transmission BitTorrent client project say their download servers were compromised and an unauthorised Mac client containing malware was made available for users late last month.

The official 2.92 Mac version was replaced with one that contained the OSX/Keydnap malware and this was available from 28 August for a little less than a day.

Keydnap can steal passwords and keys from an OS X keychain and create a permanent backdoor into an infected system.

The project said the infected file had now been removed from its servers and it had now migrated its website and all binary files to Github.

Binaries and the website will be hosted in two separate repositories as an additional precaution.

Those who have been infected as a result of downloading the compromised binary have been provided with a series of steps to remove Keydnap.

Transmission is available for the Mac, numerous UNIX-like operating systems including Linux, and a number of embedded systems.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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