Wednesday, November 29, 2017

How to fix logging into Mac as root with no password

Apple, this is Windows 95 bad 

A trivial-to-exploit flaw in macOS High Sierra, aka macOS 10.13, allows users to gain admin rights, or log in as root, without a password.

The security bug can be triggered via the authentication dialog box in Apple's operating system, which prompts you for an administrator's username and password when you need to do stuff like configure privacy and network settings.

If you type in "root" as the username, leave the password box blank, hit "enter" and then click on unlock a few times, the prompt disappears and, congrats, you now have admin rights. You can do this from the user login screen, too.


So Mac heads don't lend your computer to anyone until you fix this.

How the bug works!

Step 1 | Open the macOS system preferences window
Step 2 | Go to Users & Groups
Step 3 | Click the lock icon in the bottom-left corner of the window
Step 4 | Type "root" in the username field
Step 5 | Place the cursor in the password field

Step 6 | Press the Unlock button repeatedly until the user is created and you get in

How to Fix it!


Step 1 | Launch System Preferences
Step 2 | Select Users & Groups
Step 3 | Select Login Options
Step 4 | Select Join next to Network Account Server
Step 5 | Select Open Directory Utility
Step 6 | Click the lock and enter your password to make changes
Step 7 | In the menu bar of Directory Utility, select Change Root Password
Step 8 | Create a strong, unique password

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