Another password flaw has been discovered in Apple's MacOS
Another password flaw has been discovered in Apple's MacOS
Any password will do to long into the App Store preferences on a Mac running High Sierra
12 January, 2018, 18:10
According to the bug report, users can simply open System Preferences, go to App Store settings and check the padlock icon.
Attackers could gain access to your Mac thanks to another security flaw discovered in the latest version of its operating system.
After the high profile discovery of the security hole that allowed users to bypass the login for macOS, its now the System Preferences app that has been found accessible using any password. This should unlock the App Store preference for you. The flaw follows a series of notable security bugs that shipped in recent weeks including the notorious root access flaw that allowed anyone to access critical account settings and more.
Coming soon after a previous "root user" password flaw discovered in December, as well as the Meltdown and Spectre chip flaws, the timing is likely to shake consumer confidence, however. You do need to login as an administrator, which is supposed to unlock preferences, but you're allowed to use any password you like if the preference is locked and you need to get access again.
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Numerous settings within the App Store System Preferences window are also protected behind your Apple ID password and can't be changed using this method, but a nefarious user with physical access to your Mac could toggle the options that fall under the automatic update section.
The bug report also highlights yet another embarrassing password-related bug for Apple.
Apple has reportedly already fixed the bug in beta versions of the next macOS High Sierra update, which will be rolled out to the public in the coming weeks. There's no current workaround to this issue, so the only real option is to wait for Apple to provide a solution. Our customers deserve better.
We should note that these settings are unlocked by default on administrator accounts, as they aren't especially sensitive.
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