MacOS High Sierra Users: Change Root Password Now

Apple admits its software is letting it down

Lemi Orhan Ergin on Twitter: "Dear @AppleSupport, we noticed a *HUGE* security issue at MacOS High Sierra

If you want to protect yourself, physically keep your Mac on lockdown for now, until Apple releases a software update, which we expect will come out in the next 24-48 hours due to the severity of this bug.

This flaw is significant but the risk to most users is quite low. This flaw includes a few taps of the login submit button, the entering of the name ROOT, and a password field left blank. If Change Root Password is grayed out, you may have to choose Edit Enable Root User first.

It is possible to mitigate against the flaw, however, by adding a password for the root user in the users and groups preferences pane.

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Disabling the root account in the open directory utility tool does not work, as the root account becomes re-enabled when entered into the user name field on login. "We'll meet up with you there".

The vulnerability was publicly disclosed on Twitter this afternoon; it's not clear whether the problem was privately reported to Apple ahead of time, which is the encouraged practice when security vulnerabilities are uncovered. Try this 1-3 times and voila-It will accept and boom, full system access.

Once you've done that, the root account will be password protected, and your Mac should be safe.

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Robots are the next step in using technology to explore sexuality. Basically, if you open System Preferences and then navigate to Users and Groups, you can easily gain access to make changes to any account on that machine. Then select "Change Root Password..." and choose a strong password, something with many letters and characters that can't be guessed.

We have reached out to Apple and will update this article when we hear back. That is the full Unix root account, which has superuser privileges that enable it to see and modify any file in any account.

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