Yesterday it emerged it was possible to gain administrator privileges simply by typing the word “root” into user field and hitting login multiple times. The flaw required no password.
On Tuesday evening Apple acknowledged the issue, offered a temporary workaround and promised a full fix was incoming.
The fix, Security Update 2017–001, is now available from the Mac App Store now and should be installed immediately by anyone with a machine running High Sierra 10.13.1.
The Mac App Store listing also advises users to update “as soon as possible”
Apple has also taken the unusual step of… wait for it… apologising for making a mistake and putting its customers at risk.
In a statment, the firm said: “Security is a top priority for every Apple product, and regrettably we stumbled with this release of macOS.
“We greatly regret this error and we apologize to all Mac users, both for releasing with this vulnerability and for the concern it has caused. Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again.”
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Indeed, the basic flaw is not something we’ve come to expect from Apple, but at least the company has moved quickly to address the issue.
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