Se­cu­rity ad­vice for Ap­ple cus­tomers

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

Ap­ple has ad­vised cus­tomers to set an ad­min­is­tra­tive pass­word while it re­solves a se­cu­rity is­sue in the lat­est ver­sion of its Mac op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

A “huge” flaw in MacOS High Sierra means it is pos­si­ble for any­one us­ing an Ap­ple com­puter to ac­cess an ad­min ac­count without even en­ter­ing a pass­word, if the com­puter has first been free to ac­cess while un­locked.

Ap­ple is­sued in­struc­tions through its sup­port web­site to help pro­tect cus­tomers from any po­ten­tial hacks while it is “work­ing on a soft­ware up­date to ad­dress this is­sue”.

The quick fix comes by cre­at­ing a pass­word for the “su­pe­ruser” ac­count, used for sys­tem ad­min­is­tra­tion and is known as “root”.

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