Mac Users Be Aware: High Sierra Flaw Exposes Root

The good news is you have two options to solve this problem right now.  You can change the password of your Root account or you can apply an update that Apple has released today to resolve the issue. You can find details on the High Sierra update on Apple’s site.

Brian Krebs provided a good explanation of the issue and the original story around the flaw.  There are reportedly ways this can be remotely exploited as well.

If you are NOT on High Sierra yet you can get ahead of this issue by changing the password before upgrading.

Chris Goettl

Chris Goettl has over 15 years of experience in IT Management. He spent several years working in IT before joining Shavlik in 2004. Chris started in the Shavlik support team, supported OEM partners integrating Shavlik SDK's, worked in Sales as a Systems Engineer, and is now the Product Manager for the Shavlik Protect product line.