​Massive Security F**k-Up Means Anyone Can Log In To Your Mac

You know when you leave your laptop, desktop or phone unlocked and realise halfway to buying your lunch or going for a whizz? Yeah, we all know the feeling.

That dickhead mate or colleague will be on your device and social media quicker than you can say 'I love Joe's mum'. You'll then be inundated for the rest of the day with people taking the time to point out that you do in fact love Joe's mum. Nice one, cheers, mate.

Yep, there's nothing better than that feeling of knowing you've safely locked your machine and there's no chance of any of that mega bantz. Well, prepare for that safety blanket to be well and truly shattered if you've got a Mac and it's running the latest version of High Sierra.

Apple Mac
Apple Mac

Credit: PA

It's being reported that anyone can log in to your Mac by just typing 'root' into the username field. Bit of a weird one, but also a MASSIVE problem.

This goes way beyond the sort of comedy gold mentioned above and is in fact a huge security risk for anyone with private information stored on their Mac. Apple will probably be fixing this pronto, if not already, but do not leave your device lying around.

Apple has said in a statement: "We are working on a software update to address this issue. 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: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204012. 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."

Mac Hack
Mac Hack

TechCrunch reports that the hack is possible via preferences and then entering a panel with the lock symbol attached (see above). At this stage, you would be prompted with the usual name and password requirements.

However, entering 'root' does the job instead and anyone who manages this on your Mac can change your settings, has access to personal details, and can even lock you out. Joking aside, you need to take this seriously.

Following the link in Apple's statement gives you a workaround for the time being but everyone will still be crossing their fingers that this bug is stamped out sharpish.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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