- Aug 17, 2014
Full report by researchers:Xcode projects are being exploited to spread a form of Mac malware specializing in the compromise of Safari and other browsers.
The XCSSET malware family has been found in Xcode projects, "lead[ing] to a rabbit hole of malicious payloads," Trend Micro said on Thursday.
In a paper (.PDF) exploring the wave of attacks, cybersecurity researchers said an "unusual" infection in a developer's project also included the discovery of two zero-day vulnerabilities.
Xcode is a free integrated development environment (IDE) used in macOS for developing Apple-related software and apps.
Further investigation led us to a developer’s Xcode project that contained XCSSET source malware, which leads to a rabbit hole of malicious payloads. Most notable in our investigation is the discovery of two zero-day exploits.