The bug report details that users can open up System Preferences and navigate to App Store settings.
Attackers could gain access to your Mac thanks to another security flaw discovered in the latest version of its operating system.
There's a newly discovered security hole in the current version of macOS High Sierra that allows anyone with access to your Mac to unlock your App Store System Preferences without your system password.
Experts say it is limited to the App Store and presents a relatively limited security risk.
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You will then need to lock the padlock if it is already unlocked, and then click on it again to unlock it.
The bug is nowhere near as unsafe as the root-access security flaw that was uncovered a year ago, whereby attackers could gain root access to MacOS computers by typing "root" in the username field and leaving the password field blank. He writes in the summary section, 'The AppStore Preferences in System Preferences can be unlocked by a local admin with any bogus 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 discovery no doubt brings back memories of the infamous bug that allowed anyone with root access to a device to log in with the least of a hindrance.
It's not really the biggest security flaw, especially when compared to High Sierra's previous password gaffes, as only a few basic settings can be changed and other parts of the system can't be so easily accessed or fiddled with.
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'We greatly regret this error and we apologize to all Mac users, ' Apple said in a statement at the time. Our customers deserve better.
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.
Apple is aware of the vulnerability and has issued an apology.
We should note that these settings are unlocked by default on administrator accounts, as they aren't especially sensitive.
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