Apple High Sierra Hack
A major security flaw was discovered in the latest Mac software, MacOS High Sierra, which can allow anyone access to personal information on a computer.
The most recent version of the software makes it possible to gain entry into the computer without a password and have access to administrator rights.
The bug was discovered by Turkish developer Lemi Ergin, who found that entering the username “root,” and providing a blank password, he was granted unrestricted access to the machine.
Any user who enters as a “root” user gains access to the computer’s data and settings. Apple is looking into the flaw and is working on a software update to resolve it.
In the meantime, Apple is referring customers to its online support page with instructions to enable the “root user” and set a password.
“The user account named ‘root’ is a superuser with read and write privileges to more areas of the system, including files in other macOS user accounts,” Apple wrote on the support page. “The root user is disabled by default. If you can log in to your Mac with an administrator account, you can enable the root user, then log in as the root user to complete your task.”
If a “root user” is already enabled without a password, follow the instructions from the “change the root password” section. Setting the password prevents unauthorized access to the computer.