Fix for current Mac OS X Lion password loophole

By Posted 20 Sep 2011, 14:25

For years we have come to the realization that the Mac operating system is a much safer bet than Windows. However, as the software becomes more popular not only is it prone to more attacks, but also more users will find a few security issues that have been there all the time. There is a password loophole with Mac OS X Lion, which could allow a hacker in and to change your password.

Apple does not have a fix for the problem yet, but you can be sure that they will be all over it and issue a solution fast. In the mean time there are a few things that you can do to safeguard yourself, which we will get to a little later. With the new Lion OS you have to type in a password each time you wish to make any changes to your system, so seems funny that Lion has a loophole to allow someone to see these passwords.

Once in a hacker can lock you out of your system by changing these passwords. This is made easy, as the new Mac OS will not ask for authentication. Crave explains that there is a command that can be typed in Terminal that will allow you to make these password changes. That is not the only issue though, as there is a way to also find other passwords as well.

You can understand why users would be worried, but there is not really a need to – well only if you are the only one who uses your Mac that is. This is not exactly the biggest issue, but it is still one that Apple will want to resolve. However, if your Mac is being shared or is a public computer, then your are in a spot of trouble.

Thankfully three are three things that you can do to safeguard your Mac running on Lion, the first is to switch-off auto log-in, enable passwords when your computer wakes up and finally turn off guest accounts. Please add your comments below if you have experienced any issues with mac OS X Lion.

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