The Apple password problem is apparently fixed

By Dan Wilson November 29, 2017 - 10:42 pm

It has been widely reported in the media today that there has been a serious Apple security problem for anyone using a Mac device using the High Sierra version of the software. The flaw made it easy to access any device.

Apparently an anonymous software developer, unrelated to Apple, publicized the problem on Tuesday. It seems that people could log in to Apple computers running MacOS High Sierra by entering the user name “root” and no password by then clicking the login button several times.

As of this evening it seems, that since being made of the problem, they have worked it out and will be automatically updating affected devices with an update. Do you think you may have been affected?

Apple said: “Security is a top priority for every Apple product, and regrettably we stumbled with this release of MacOS. We greatly regret this error and we apologise to all Mac users, both for releasing with this vulnerability and for the concern it has caused. Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again.”

Such problems are never good but they are also, frankly, inevitable and it’s how they are dealt with that counts. On this occasion Apple has been swift to provide a solution and also given a decent and human apology admitting the boob. It would be good to see more companies putting their hands up in the face of such a fault in a similar honest manner.

But what we don’t know is how any companies or individuals have been affected and that may yet emerge in the coming days and weeks.

It will also be interesting to see to what extent this problem dents confidence in Apple, and perhaps the stock, because part of the brand has always been their fastidious approach to development and deployment.

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