Apple apologises and fixes security flaw

It has been revealed that if you are running Apple MacOS High Sierra, a flaw in the security system has made it possible to gain access to a Mac without a password, also have access to powerful administrator rights.

 

 

 

What was the security flaw?

It had been discovered that someone could access your Mac by typing ‘root’ and no password in the Users & Groups section of system preferences. This would give root access to the computer meaning a person could operate the device as if they were an administrator and could compromise the device.

How have Apple fixed this?

Apple have released an update which is designed to specifically fix this huge security flaw, making sure if somebody types ‘root’ they will not have the option to have no password they will have to enter the correct password before they can gain access.

 

Users running High Sierra (10.13.1) the latest version of MacOS, will automatically download the update. This will fix all the currently security issues. Users running OS before High Sierra with see a notification prompting you to install the upgrade.

 

Apple have said “Security is a top priority for every Apple product, and regrettably we stumbled with this release of MacOS”

 

If you are unsure on which operating system you are running or need help with updating call us on 01672 552340 or email support@jpitsolutions.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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