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Well, that didn’t take long. Apple released a security fix today for the critical macOS High Sierra bug that handed intruders admin privileges without them needing a password. Posted publicly on Twitter by Turkish software developer Lemi Orhan Ergin less than 24 hours ago, the massive security vulnerability can now be patched with an update from the Mac App Store.
Open the App Store and select “Updates” from the top toolbar, then press “update” to the right of “Security update 2007-001,” and your computer will start to download the patch.
Apple emphasizes the importance of installing the security fix, adding to the description “install this update as soon as possible.”
If you use a Mac that runs on the latest version of macOS, you should absolutely follow that advice. Until you do, your device is vulnerable to one of the most dangerous security flaws seen in recent years. In fact, Apple is so worried about the safety of its products, it will automatically update all Macs running macOS High Sierra on Wednesday.
The tech giant seems pretty distraught about the security flaw. Apple released an uncharacteristically candid statement about the incident, apologizing to everyone who uses its computers.
“Security is a top priority for every Apple product, and regrettably we stumbled with this release of macOS,” Apple said, according to the Verge. “We greatly regret this error and we apologize to all Mac users, both for releasing with this vulnerability and for the concern it has caused. Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again.”
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.