Apple pushes out fix for 'devastating' macOS High Sierra flaw

Is the iPhone X really worth $1829? Appleā€™s macOS High Sierra has a ridiculously simple security flaw that could be exploited

The hack is easy to pull off.

The flaw, uncovered on Tuesday, lets anyone gain admin rights on a macOS machine by typing "root" as the username in the authentication dialogue box, leaving the password fielding blank and clicking on the "unlock" button twice. A risky bug in the operating system allowed any user anywhere to gain entrance to your files and your saved information on your computer just by typing a single word. The issue left any unattended Mac vulnerable to unauthorized access by anyone who is physically present. Even after a reboot, the root account will remain. "Never mind one from a security and privacy-conscious company such as Apple".

Amit Serper, a security researcher with Cybereason, replicated the result and said the bug is worrisome.

This gives root access to the computer - meaning a person could operate the device as if they were an administrator and could download malicious software or otherwise compromise the computer.

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"The Mac OS High Sierra "root" user bug is insane. just tried it for myself & can not believe it actually worked", tweeted programmer William LeGate. In a communication sent to ComputerWorld, Apple advised the following: "We are working on a software update to address this issue". Then use "root" with no password.

Once triggered, the same combination will also bypass the lock screen of Macs running Apple's latest operating system, High Sierra.

From the menu bar in Directory Utility, choose Edit, then Change Root Password.

Experts also warn against trying out the bug for yourself, as once enabled the flaw can then be more easily exploited even on a locked Mac.

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It probably wasn't the best idea for someone to share this bug over Twitter.

But the fact that Apple could introduce a security hole the size of a truck into High Sierra is appalling. Doing so creates an account with super privileges, which can open it up to remote attack.

Before the software fix was released, users could have made it so that a password must be typed in before gaining root access to their Mac.

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