Apple is struggling to issue a fix to a major security flaw which has been revealed overnight that could leave users of Mac vulnerable.
Anyone can obtain access to a computer that is running the MacOS High Sierra, the latest version of the Mac operating system, simply by typing in root when requested for a username and then leaving the password section blank, followed by clicking the unlock option twice.
By doing so, the “hacker” can easily gain access to anything that has been previously securely protected on the Mac device. Root access on a computer offers privileged access on a machine.
A statement was issued by Apple stating that it is currently “working on a software update to address the issue.”
The tech giant also issued a guide for Mac users that are running High Sierra, advising the users to set a password for the root user.
It is a humiliating bug to turn up for the tech giant because of its sheer simplicity, and an uncommon and very public mistake for the company. One former Apple engineer called the misstep “a Galaxy Note 7 moment,” referring to the major battery fail of Samsung in 2016.