Well, not really hacked in the traditional sense. My wife was using it. Same thing, amirite? She was trying to fix a highly critical security flaw in macOS High Sierra. The problem was severe, yes, but only if someone had physical access to your Mac and knew the trick to get root access. My wife had access but not the trick or the fix.
Gone In 60 Seconds
As it turned out, the fix to protect macOS from the security flaw was a bit convoluted for most Mac users, but it took me all of about 90-seconds per Mac to do the deed and we all breathed a sigh of relief knowing that a few Apple engineers were working overtime for an official fix. By the next day all was right with the world, Apple had issued a proper bug fix for the critical security flaw, and we could all go back to wondering who’s next on the harassment hit list.
Was this critical security flaw in macOS High Sierra real? Yes. Was it critical? Kinda sorta mostly. But only if someone already had physical access to your flawed Mac. Did Apple provide a fix in a timely manner? Yes. Was their tremendous public outrage from nattering nabobs of negativism over how Apple has failed and why the company still is doomed? Yes. Anytime Apple does anything that does not meet with approval from members of the technorati elite politburo there is outcry, calls for Tim Cook’s head on a platter, and another notch is carved into the bed post of Apple’s demise.
Listen, this is math. Software has bugs and will always have software bugs until software figures out how to write itself. It’s the nature of the industry, and processes and methods are in place to prevent as many such flaws as possible, and to track them down when they occur or are found. This even is no different than events of security flaws past, and they exist in every operating system– Windows, Linux, Android OS, iOS, and the flavors of Unix and others that dot the earth.
If you worry about upgrading to new OS versions, regardless of platform, then wait for an update or two. But when a serious flaw is found, including the password problem in macOS, update as needed. If your Mac was in an office environment and seemingly password protected, that Mac could have been at risk. Hey, janitors can type, you know. For those of us with Macs in our possession, get the update from Apple as soon as you can, but don’t lose any sleep.
Like too much of what we see on the interwebs and television news these days, this one was much ado about not much.
As to those who see it as further evidence of Apple’s impending demise, put a spreadsheet to it. List all the flaws from the past 20 years on Mac and Windows, Android and iOS, and let’s see the trend line. Otherwise, move along. There is nothing to see here.
Except the fix itself seems to have a problem. Airdrop from Mac to Mac seems to work OK, but I expect to see some help wanted ads from Apple sometime soon.