Flaw in Apple operating system lets anyone access a computer

UPDATE: Apple has released a fix for the vulnerability: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208315

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Apple’s newest operating system has a major bug that could let anyone access a computer.

Security researchers first found the flaw which lets people log on without using a password. All they have to do is type “root” in the username field without a password. It only works with the “High Sierra” operating system version.

Apple is working to fix the issue and says it will come in a future software update. Until then, it recommends people follow steps outlined on its website to disable the “root” user function:

  1. Go to the Apple menu and click “System Preferences,” then click “Users & Groups” or “Accounts”
  2. Click the lock button and enter your administrator username and password
  3. Click “Login Options”
  4. Click “Join” or “Edit”
  5. Click “Open Direct Utility”
  6. Click the lock button and enter your administrator username and password
  7. From the menu bar in “Direct Utility,” click “Edit,” then “Disable Root User”



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