High Sierra Root Vulnerability Macs Under CNS-OIT Management

If you own a Mac, you have probably heard by now that Apple introduced a serious bug into High Sierra by which anybody could log into a Mac using 'root' as the username and no password, and get full access to the system.

If your Mac is under CNS-OIT management, then a workaround has been applied: a root password has been set on your machine. Additionally, owners of managed machines will receive an email reminding them to apply as soon as possible the security patch that fixes the root vulnerability.

As always, if you have questions or need help, please don't hesitate to contact the help desk at https://cns.utexas.edu/help (UT EID login required).

Written by CNS OIT staff
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