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This MacOS High Sierra Bug Lets Anyone Login Into A Mac

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This MacOS High Sierra Bug Lets Anyone Login Into A Mac

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Securing our gadgets in this day and age is of utmost priority since most of our lives are now digital. But, it appears that your Mac running MAcOS High Sierra might be susceptible to a serious security hack.

Apple’s latest MacOS High Sierra operating system has a very serious flaw that can allow anyone with access to a Mac gain root access by simply typing “root” as the username. It appears that the flaw doesn’t even require someone to enter a password, which means that anyone with zero hacking knowledge and evil intentions can get into your Mac.

Apple has responded to the complaints and announced that it is working on a fix.

Patrick Wardle, a security researcher with Synack said:

We always see malware trying to escalate privileges and get root access. This is best, easiest way ever to get root, and Apple has handed it to them on a silver platter.

This was Apple’s response:

We are working on a software update to address this issue. In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac. To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204012.

If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a black password is not set, please follow the instructions from the ‘Change the root password’ section.

If you are one of the many people who updated their Mac machine to the latest OS, it will be sensible to follow Apple’s instructions until a new update fixes this major security bug.

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