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MacOS gives users full admin rights without password

MacOS gives users full admin rights without password

What makes this flaw so unsafe is people are reporting it also allows for full keychain access and any login where a user name and password is required, even via remote access via OS X screenshare. The glitch allows anyone to access the file system for a Mac, exposing private documents on that particular computer.

All you need to do to login is go to the login screen, type "root", leave the password box blank, and try to login.

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.

A user reported the issue earlier today, but initially it wasn't specified which version of Mac OS High Sierra was affected, what machines, or anything other than what the problem was.

It is possible to mitigate against the flaw, however, by adding a password for the root user in the users and groups preferences pane. The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. This will prompt for a password for the Root user account. Apple is aware of the bug and working on a patch.

This flaw is significant but the risk to most users is quite low. Some settings include changing key security preferences - like enabling or disabling a computer's firewall or storage drive encryption.

As of now, it's unclear how something like this could have slipped past Apple and Apple tends to keep errors like this under wraps and doesn't disclose much about them.

Security issues with your products are never a good thing and when you have a user publically Tweet about one, it makes you move. Apple also has instructions available on its website.


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