Apple issues urgent fix for major flaw in Mac operating system

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Apple just released a patch that fixes a recently revealed security vulnerability in macOS High Sierra.

"We can expect Apple to quickly release a fix for this vulnerability".

The problem appears to be specific to High Sierra, and the ease with which it is possible to gain unfettered access to a system has many people - understandably - concerned. "Normally you'd click that to enter your username and password, which are required to change important settings like those in Security & Privacy".

Click on the Apple menu icon, then System Preferences and click Users & Groups (or Accounts). All local admin accounts (including the root account on Macs) should have unique passwords that are randomly created and regularly rotated. The bug reportedly is not in any other MacOS.

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One user reported the ability to access the computer using the root login remotely. While there are obvious concerns about the vulnerability enabling people to access a Mac, people are also anxious about the implications for malware attacks.

Apple is actively looking at a fix for the security flaw in its OS but meanwhile it has issued an advisory, or workaround.

The macOS High Sierra bug was discovered last week by a member of the infrastructure staff at iyzico, a Turkish payment management platform provider, according to Lemi Orhan Ergin, a "software craftsman" at the company. Ensuring that unauthorized users can't act as the root user in a Unix system is basic security, because anyone who can become root can do anything they want.

Let me be very clear about this: You should do the security update because you do not want this bug on your Mac.

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Apple issued a statement Wednesday apologizing for the flaw.

This also leads to questions as to why Apple doesn't seem to read or monitor the content on its developers forums.

He recommends users refrain from trying out the bug on their High Sierra-installed Macs.

"Apparently, this also works on FileVault in the MacOS which makes this bug quite devastating".

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"The good news is that as of right now, there is not any mention of malware that leverages this security flaw".

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