There has long been a smug (and in some ways correct) assumption from Mac owners that they don't need antivirus software. Well, Apple may soon disagree...
According to The Mac Security Blog it seems Snow Leopard will ship this Friday with integrated anti-malware software. The site has also managed to get a grab of a screen shot below.
"We're not sure yet exactly how this works," the site stresses "but the above screen shot shows this feature working with a download made via Safari, detecting a version of the RSPlug Trojan horse in a downloaded disk image."
I've seen little to back up this claim elsewhere and while Mac OS X popularity is growing it still remains a fraction (little over 10 per cent) of the market when compared to Windows (over 88 per cent). There have also been few reports of worrying malware and virus increases on the Mac though Norton Anti-Virus for Macintosh has been available for more than a year. Hackers may also have been alerted by the horrific number of Mac OS X security vulnerabilities found in recent years.
With the Snow Leopard 28 August launch we won't have to wait long to see if there's any truth to this one...
Update: It is being reported Snow Leopard can work with Tiger, skipping the need for Leopard at all. This isn't officially endorsed, but it works. Bonus! (via Gizmodo)