Apple issued an apology to Mac users for the epic fail of the macOS High Sierra root access flaw. The company also told Reuters it is auditing its internal development processes to make sure this kind of buffoonery never happens again.
The statement issued to Reuters:
We greatly regret this error and we apologize to all Mac users. Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again.
macOS High Sierra Root Access Flaw
On Wednesday, the scariest Mac vulnerability I’ve seen was publicly announced on Twitter. That vulnerability allowed anyone with access to your Mac to log in as root without a password. Root access gives someone unlimited control over every aspect of your Macs.
Apple quickly responded with a patch Thursday morning, and the company told Reuters it would auto-install on Macs later in the day. We recommend you actively install it ASAP if it hasn’t already.
This story has hit mainstream coverage and is a huge black eye for Apple. In addition to Reuters’ coverage Thursday, CNN and other publications ran big stories on the flaw. Both the U.S. and Germany advised users to install the patch, too.