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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:07

Apple bug allows root login without a password

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A bug in Apple's macOS allows anyone to log in as root or administrator with no password after a few attempts.

The bug is present in macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 and the current beta 10.13.2, according to the MacRumors website.

It was discovered by researcher Lemi Orhan Ergin.

The bypass does not work on systems where a password has been set for the root account; hence one workaround is to set a password for root.

Apple said in a statement that it would be issuing a fix soon.

“We are working on a software update to address this issue. In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorised access to your Mac," it said in a statement.

"To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here. If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a blank password is not set, please follow the instructions from the ‘Change the root password’ section.”

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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