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12 January 2018, 06:08 | Lucia Cruz
Password bug in macOS 10.13 App Store
To check if you're affected by this bug, open system preferences on your Mac, click on App Store, then if the padlock on the window is unlocked, click on it to lock it.
Attackers could gain access to your Mac thanks to another security flaw discovered in the latest version of its operating system.
A bug in macOS version 10.13.2 allows a local admin to access App Store preferences by using any incorrect password. 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.
Experts say it is limited to the App Store and presents a relatively limited security risk. 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.
'These settings are unlocked by default for admin users, entering a bogus password only works if you're logged in as an admin user and the settings in this panel aren't particularly sensitive.
Perhaps the strangest and most troubling part of the bug is the fact that it does prompt the user to login as is typically required any time settings are changed within the operating system-but it doesn't matter if the user actually enters the password. Thankfully Apple was quick in issuing an update that fixed the problem, but now it appears that a new password bug has appeared.
The bug comes hot on the heels of a previous "root user" password flaw discovered in December.
'Our customers deserve better. Attackers could use that particular vulnerability to install malicious programmes, delete Apple IDs and anything else that they wanted to do. "We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again", Apple said, reportedMacRumors. Macrumors states that it can not reproduce the error on the beta versions of macOS 10.13.3, suggesting it'll be fixed in an upcoming release.
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