The software update that Apple released to end the bug that disrupted Mac’s security may not be the end of the security vulnerability on some machines, as discovered by Wired Magazine.
Wired magazine believes that the Software designed to subvert the flaw is ‘nearly as buggy as the code it was designed to fix’. According to the American magazine, the fiasco results from the rush to push out a software update for MacOs to cover up a hole that placed the users at a risk of privacy-intrusion.
Anyone with a physical contact with a Mac Computer could bypass the code to gain complete access to the computer. The person or a malicious program gains complete access by simply typing ‘root’ as a username and then click enter; there they have it, a complete access to a third-party personal computer.
However, many users successfully updated the new software to protect their privacy, they have reported that the solution also contains a glitch. Regardless of a reboot and the new software installation, the bug has persisted.
While we may have applauded Apple for its efficiency in patching the hole, it turns out the engineers only had a bitter merry-go-round experience as users are back with the same insecurity issue, leaving them to their vulnerability. The problem probably still persists because the solution was too sudden; the engineers apparently need more time to get the hole patched. The supposed patch was released less than a day after the first alarm was rung.
Mac Administrator, Chris Franson told WIRED that when noticed that the bug persisted, he decided to reboot his computer after updating to High Sierra 10.13.1. Only then was the security issue resolved. Yet, Apple security doesn’t inform users to reboot after installing the updated version. Whereas, people use their computers for months without rebooting. ‘This is not a good thing’, Reed says. What this means, in summary, is that the hole is still present on a Mac that is running High Sierra 10.13 that has applied the security patch, upgraded to a higher version, High Sierra 10.13.1 and has not been rebooted.
It is unclear, how many users are exposed to this issue with Mac’s insecurity and Apple is yet to give a response to the situation with this stubborn bug. However, on its support page, it stressed that the security patch will be properly applied.
This persistent security issue will mean a lot to Apple. While the tech giant may lose out on customers’ trust, we cannot deny the fact that sometimes, technology goes wrong and it could be nobody’s fault.