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This article was published on November 28, 2017


    MacOS High Sierra has an embarrassing bug that gives anyone Admin access

    MacOS High Sierra has an embarrassing bug that gives anyone Admin access
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    Apple’s macOS High Sierra has a fatal security flaw allowing anyone to bypass system security by logging in as “Root” with no password and clicking “unlock” numerous times. Here’s what we know so far:

    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.

    Effectively, this issue renders any system running macOS High Sierra completely unsecured — as it doesn’t just unlock the device, it gives Admin access.

    We immediately tried to replicate the problem, but weren’t able to on systems running 10.13 (17A365).

    It appears the flaw is isolated to High Sierra 10.13.1 (17B48). Even so, anyone running any version of High Sierra should take the utmost precaution with their systems until Apple sorts this entire mess out.

    We’ll update this post as more information is revealed.