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MacOS High Sierra Users: Change Root Password Now

29 November 2017, 01:07 | Clyde Nash

Lemi Orhan Ergin on Twitter: "Dear @AppleSupport, we noticed a *HUGE* security issue at MacOS High Sierra

The issue discovered in the macOS High Sierra operating system for laptops and desktops would let anyone log in without a password

We tested this bug on our Macbook Pro and yep-we were able to gain access to our machine after clicking "Unlock" after a couple of tries.

Ben Johnson, the chief technology officer of Obsidian Security and a former U.S. National Security Agency computer scientist, described the flaw to IBT as "a hacker's dream".

There may be other ways that this vulnerability can be exploited: I'll update this post as more information becomes available.

Today, it was discovered that there's a major security vulnerability in the latest version of macOS, High Sierra.

CNET independently confirmed this security flaw exists and reached out to Apple about the issue.

Apple is yet to comment, but I suspect a quick trip to the locksmith is in order.

Let's make this clear: this is a huge mistake on Apple's part, even if there's a relatively simple fix.

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To do so, open the System Preferences and click on the "Users & Groups" option.

"A password prompt that authenticates as root with an empty password would be a black eye for any OS".

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. Then from the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on the "Edit" menu and choose "Enable Root User".

Go to System Preferences then click Users & Groups (or Accounts).

You can patch this problem right now by creating a root account manually and giving it a secure password. Select Open Directory Utility click the lock icon in the Directory Utility window then enter your admin name and password again. But The Verge offered a solution: Create a new system administrator password.

Once a password has been set for the "root" account, the flaw that allows a person to login as "root" with no password will no longer work.



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