MacOS High Sierra bug: Use Any Password to Unlock App Store system preferences

Many MacOS users have discovered a bug in their device when it allowed anyone to sign in with root access. Apple already apologized for this issue and then released an update to fix it quickly, but now some users have found a similar password bug for MacOS High Sierra. If your Mac is running on macOS High Sierra version, try below:

  • Click on System Preferences.
  • Choose App Store.
  • If the padlock is unlocked, you need to lock it.
  • Now, unlock it. In the prompt, try typing in your username and any password.

You will now see the App Store preferences pane should now be unlocked. You can try on a new iMac and MacBook Pro running macOS 10.13.2, and it still works.

The bad news is that it’s a serious security vulnerability. But the good news is that Mac users whose device is running the 10.13.3 beta have not yet suffered the bug, so the upcoming release will be able to fix that issue.

The root bug is a very serious issue. It allows anyone to access your Mac and accessing your App Store system preferences is really bad. Furthermore, it would let them steal your data.

Apple’s quality problems

Between the November and early December of last year, MacOS users were treated to a flurry of problems. The worst thing was the root bug, which was quickly solved by a patch update to break the file sharing for some users. After that, some iPhone users got stuck in a boot loop on December 2.

Later, Phil Schiller downplayed the notion that they were systemic problems at Apple. “A couple of things happened, that’s all.” And he promised to audit Apple’s systems and do the actions to prevent this sort of thing from occurring again.

Now, what do we have? The halfway of January is going to pass with another “they really should have caught this” bug. Although it’s serious as those of the previously infamous “bad week,” it’s still a mistake that raises the questions about Apple’s renewed commitment to quality.

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