Posted by: David Harley | November 29, 2017

Apple plugs hole in Root canal

This issue came up while I was occupied elsewhere, so I’ve included some links explaining the problem. However, the crucial thing is that Apple has published (with commendable speed) a fix for the issue with High Sierra 10.13.1 (apparently earlier builds aren’t impacted).

Sophos: Apple closes that big root hole – “Install this update as soon as possible”

Apple’s announcement

Apple’s update:  Security Update 2017-001

Sophos on the problem: Apple Macs have gaping root hole – here’s a superquick way to check and fix it

The Register: As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here’s what went wrong “While you patch your Mac, take a look at what upset the Apple cart this week”

The Register (earlier): Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password – Apple, this is Windows 95 bad – but there is a workaround to kill the bug 

David Harley

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