The username is the "root" of all problems for
latest operating system.
Watch this: Apple's huge password bug in Macs can be fixed
It turns out you don't need a password to log in to a locked Apple device using
MacOS High Sierra
-- just the username "root."
By heading to your device's System Preferences, under Users & Groups, you can click on the lock and get hit with a prompt asking for a username and password to change settings. Then, instead of entering a password, you can type in "root" for the username and leave the password field empty.
After clicking unlock several times, it should eventually open up, no passwords necessary. Lemi Orhan Ergin, the founder of Software Craftsmanship Turkey, discovered the security flaw and tweeted it out to Apple Support on Tuesday.
CNET independently confirmed this security flaw exists.
"We are working on a software update to address this issue," an Apple spokesperson said. "In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac. 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."
The simple exploit means anybody with physical access to your MacOS High Sierra device can log in on your computer, no matter how secure your passwords are.
Amit Serper, a security researcher from Cybereason, demonstrated that the bug works even on the login screen after restarting the computer:
The bug works for every aspect of the OS that would normally require a password, which means someone could also get access to your Keychain, containing all your passwords.
First published Nov. 28, 12:44 p.m PT. Update, 1:15 p.m. PT: Adds details about how to fix the issue as well as what other things the "root" bug can access. Update, 3:25 p.m. PT: Adds a statement from Apple.