Less than 24 hours after developer Lemi Orhan Ergin‏ discovered a critical bug in macOS High Sierra that made it far too easy for anyone to gain root access to your Mac, Apple has responded by issuing a fix while apologizing for the concern it has caused to customers.

The company provided the following message to the press:

Security is a top priority for every Apple product and regrettably we stumbled with this release of macOS.

When our security engineers became aware of the issue Tuesday afternoon, we immediately began working on an update that closes this security hole.

This morning, as of 8:00 am, the update is available for download and starting later today it will be automatically installed on all systems running the latest version (10.13.1) of macOS High Sierra.

We greatly regret this error and we apologize to all Mac users, both for releasing with this vulnerability and for the concern it has caused. Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development process to help prevent this from happening again.

Apple is definitely not known for issuing public apologies often.

Craig Federighi is in charge of software engineering at Apple and this crack in the firm’s development process is entirely on him because he oversees the teams that develop iOS, macOS and Siri software. Here’s hoping that they learn from this unnecessary mistake so that dumb things like this never fly under Apple’s radar again.

  • Up Stream

    Everyone makes mistakes so this isn’t too important as long as Apple learn from this.
    I’m really surprised Apple have sent a public apology, something I’ve not seen before so it looked like they have.

  • Pamela Alford

    It’s tech – s*it happens. Another reason not to jump on major updates the second they hit the street. Anybody using computers knows this (or should) – you wait until bugs most certainly to be discovered are discovered and fixed.

    • usmc5939

      High Sierra was released to the public over 2 months ago (September 25), so in your infinite hindsight-slash-wisdom, how long should one wait to upgrade to the latest major version? Who’s to say another serious/critical vulnerability won’t surface in their next small point release? Or something found on a previous version? There will always be bugs in software, always.

      • With his infinite hindsight-slash-wisdom, he should have found the bug way faster than the Turkish developer.

      • Yzord

        This is not a bug!!

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        This is not a bug, this is negligence to the highest degree. Might as well forget to include the option to set a password to a user account in Sys Prefs.

  • Bill

    Perhaps Apple should spend more time making sure things like this don’t happen and less time worrying about “diversity” and firing their “diversity chief” for saying that whites can be diverse. (She was black, btw)

    Liberalism is a mental disorder. Here’s to hoping we can find a cure.

    • A wet one slipped out of The_Donald guys

      • Bill

        10:1 likes on the comments, Oscar. Looks like the people are with me and not you. Hate to tell you, but you guys really are the minority. You only think you’re the majority because your kind owns media and academia. 2,626 to 487, Oscar. Not our fault you guys huddle together in the cities.

        Oscar, I wish you the best and hope you can one day look back at your ignorance and laugh. I will buy you a drink and we can have a good conversation. ?

  • Byambaa

    Case 1 – Apple: Sorry NSA, we have to close the backdoor now, they found it.
    Case 2 – Aaah, we totally forgot about the core security while busy developing and integrating emojis into our OSes by putting all our programmers into it.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      This! No one can top what you just said. Exactly my thoughts.

  • Juschan

    not because of this mistake but i feel like the over all software quality is worsen since to or three years as well in mac os as in ios .. is it just me ?

    • Byambaa

      I second that. So endless small bugs and patches. For iOS, it started with iOS 7.

  • Iskren Donev

    Good on Apple for issuing the fix so quickly. I’m amazed that the code was not properly tested.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    This is gross negligence to the highest degree. While they were too busy spending countless human hours focusing on emojis and useless fluff, they left this security door wide open.

    To those Apple apologisers, this is not a bug, it’s gross negligence to the highest level.

    They might as well have removed or forgotten to include the option to set a password to one’s account in Sys Prefs, or better yet, accept any password to login.