- QAnon-touting congressman sneaks ‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ into tweets Wednesday 7:12 PM
- Ocasio-Cortez met a famous drag queen–and the right melted down Wednesday 6:09 PM
- Woman says Lyft driver tried to kidnap her Wednesday 5:18 PM
- Debunking the right-wing conspiracy theories from today’s impeachment hearing Wednesday 4:29 PM
- Maroon 5 approves of the latest TikTok trend Wednesday 3:54 PM
- ‘One month left in the decade’ meme wants to know what you’ve accomplished Wednesday 3:53 PM
- Facebook Pay is the latest way to send your friends money Wednesday 3:31 PM
- Diving into ‘The Mandalorian’s first big shocker Wednesday 3:17 PM
- Disney+ will allow password sharing—to an extent Wednesday 1:12 PM
- Black server says manager refused to discipline coworkers who sent racist receipt Wednesday 12:47 PM
- Who is Jonah Hauer-King, Disney’s new Prince Eric? Wednesday 12:47 PM
- Cut Katherine Langford ‘Avengers: Endgame’ scene lands on Disney+ Wednesday 12:22 PM
- Planned Parenthood app to show abortion-seeking users their nearest options Wednesday 12:21 PM
- ‘The Imagineering Story’ offers touching insight into Walt Disney’s vision Wednesday 11:57 AM
- YouTube mom who was charged with child abuse dead at 48 Wednesday 11:39 AM
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.