Apple has pushed an update to XProtect

Apple has just pushed an update to the data files used by XProtect, bringing its version number to 2153 dated 16 December 2021. Apple doesn’t appear to have released version 2152, as the last update was to version 2151 dated 24 September 2021, nearly three months ago.

Apple doesn’t release information about what this update adds or changes, and obfuscates the identities of malware detected by XProtect using internal code names.

The only changes found in the XProtect Yara definitions are amendments to the signature for MACOS.0e32a32 (Bundlore Script), and the addition of a new detection for MACOS.9a3e9ed (not previously identified).

You can check whether this update has been installed by opening System Information via About This Mac, and selecting the Installations item under Software.

A full listing of security data file versions is given by SilentKnight, LockRattler and SystHist for El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina and Big Sur, available from their product page. If your Mac has not yet installed this update, you can force an update using SilentKnight, LockRattler, or at the command line.

I have updated the reference pages here which are accessed directly from LockRattler 4.2 and later using its Check blog button.

I maintain lists of the current versions of security data files for Big Sur on this page, Catalina on this page, Mojave on this page, High Sierra on this page, Sierra on this page, and El Capitan on this page.

I am grateful to Phil Stokes at Sentinel Labs for decoding of the obfuscated malware names here.