Nov 29 2017

Turkish software developer spots crucial flaw in new Apple iOS

An Istanbul-based software developer went viral on social media late Tuesday after his colleagues found a way to take over a machine running the new version of the Apple operating system without a password.

Lemi Orhan Ergin flagged the issue up in a tweet to the company’s support service which concerned users around the world retweeted and commented on.

The flaw allowed users to change the password of the “root” user on their computers by simply clicking on the login button several times with an empty password.

Computer security blog KrebsOnSecurity recommended that all users of the operating system change their “root” password, which disables the flaw.

The issue had apparently been discovered by other users before, but they had not stopped to consider the security implications, instead sharing it as a handy tip: