Apple Mac Software Has Login Flaw That Puts Data at Risk

29 November, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
  • A security flaw was found in the latest update of MacOS High Sierra allowing unrestricted access to the computer's data

If you're using Apple's latest macOS High Sierra, you'll want to be wary of giving people access to your computer.

Once the phantom account is created, a user simply needs to enter "root" as a username and, without entering a password, hit enter to unlock. The glitch allows anyone to access the file system for a Mac, exposing private documents on that particular computer.

The bug is quite similar to Apple's "root user" login feature as it might function if enabled by default and with a blank password.

The glitch is a rare and potentially embarrassing failure for Apple, whose software is generally known for being less prone to hacking and malware infections than Windows software from Microsoft Corp. If you do that, High Sierra promptly sets up a new account called System Administrator and a home folder located in /private/var/root.

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Enter "root" again with no password. "In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac". Some settings include changing key security preferences - like enabling or disabling a computer's firewall or storage drive encryption.

Apple's support team on Twitter replied to Ergin's tweet, which now has more than 3,500 retweets: "Let's take a closer look at what's happening together". Anything you can imagine an attacker can do, they can do with this exploit. Use root without a password and just continually try until given root access.

Soon after Ergin's tweet, a flood of security researchers and writers confirmed the bug works as described - whether attempting to access an administrator's account on an unlocked Mac, or trying to gain access via the login screen of a locked Mac. Apple also has instructions available on its website.

Choose Apple menu System Preferences, then click Users & Groups (or Accounts).

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