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Big Apple Flaw Allows Root Access to Macs without Password

29
Nov
2017
Big Apple Flaw Allows Root Access to Macs without Password

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Mac users and administrators need to be on the lookout for compromised machines after a security researcher disclosed late yesterday a big flaw in Apple’s macOS High Sierra platform that allows for password-less logins to root accounts.

Publicly disclosed by software engineer Lemi Orhan Ergin via Twitter, the flaw allows someone with physical access to the machine to log in as “root” by leaving the password field empty in a System Preferences unlock screen.

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