An error in the new apple operating system puts your Mac risk

There is a flaw in Apple's newer computer operating system that allows someone to gain administrative capabilities without a password.

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There is a flaw in Apple's newer computer operating system that allows someone to gain administrative capabilities without a password. The error, discovered by developer Lemi Orhan Ergan and his colleagues, affects macOS High Sierra.

To exploit the vulnerability, someone with access to the computer can type "root" and without a password in the Users and Groups section of System Preferences. This gives root access to the computer, which means that a person could operate the device as if it were an administrator and could download malicious software or compromise the computer.

Lee: EU accuses three Chinese corporate hackers "We are working on a software update to solve this problem, meanwhile, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac," an Apple spokesman said in a statement.

You can follow the instructions here. "If a root user is already enabled, to ensure that a blank password is not set, follow the instructions in the 'Change root password' section," Apple said. Lee: Mexican Elections will attract cyber attacks: Kaspersky People across the web have been able to duplicate this error.

Do you want more news like this? Learn about the most relevant innovations and technological trends. Enter your email Subscribe The failure requires physical access for most people, but it could work remotely if the user has Remote Desktop enabled. It is a good idea, as always, to keep your machine in your power.


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