macOS High Sierra security flaw grants access without a passwordBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 29 November 2017 | Categories: news
If you happen to own one of Apple's newer pieces of desktop hardware, a recent discovery may give you cause for concern. A vulnerability has been unearthed in macOS High Sierra, the company's latest operating system for MacBooks and iMacs, with it allowing physical access to a device without a password being required.
The vulnerability was disclosed via Twitter recently, with Apple confirming it, along with stating that a fix is in the works. The company also detailed each step of the security flaw, as well as how their root user can change the root password of a given device.
While this vulnerability leaves the High Sierra macOS open to threats, The Verge says it has tested out the vulnerability on previous MacBooks and iMacs with no ill effect. As such if you're currently utilising the 10.13.1 operating system, your device remains a target, which means the activation of a root password is the only real solution at this stage.
At the time of writing, no fix has been issued by Apple, but one is set to be in the works.
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