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 Apple's Having A Bad Week: Emergency Fast-Track Release of iOS 11.2 + MacOS Major Security Patch
Old 12-03-2017, 02:35 PM   #1
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Apple's Having A Bad Week: Emergency Fast-Track Release of iOS 11.2 + MacOS Major Security Patch

I've always felt iOS 11 has been one of Apple's most troublesome and buggy releases pressed into service far too early in order to support Iphone X. We're not even 3 months into its public release and we've already had 5 updates!

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Mac users have had a confusing week, iPhone users didn’t escape unscathed. An iOS 11 bug started crashing some iPhones after the clocks hit 12:15AM this morning. Apple has had a history of strange time-related bugs affecting iOS multiple times over the years, but this particular issue appears to be related to recurring notifications for apps like reminders. After issuing a final developer beta of iOS 11.2 to developers last night, Apple decided to take the highly unusual step of issuing iOS 11.2 to all iPhone owners to fix the crashing issues today.

Apple generally issues iOS updates on a Tuesday at 1PM ET / 10AM PT, but this bug has clearly made the company push its release a lot earlier than it was potentially planning. iOS 11.2 also includes a fix for a new autocorrect issue where the word "it" would be autocorrected to "I.T” automatically. Apple fixed a similar autocorrect bug with iOS 11.1.1 after the operating system had been automatically changing the letter “I” to “A [?]” for some users.

Let’s recap the week of Apple software problems:

macOS High Sierra critical flaw with root admin access
macOS High Sierra update released, but breaks file sharing
iOS 11 crashing on some iPhones due to a date bug
macOS High Sierra fix not installing correctly on some systems
iOS 11.2 released early to fix iPhone crash bug


It’s hard to say whether Apple has been particularly sloppy recently with its software updates, or whether this is a growing trend in software in general. Apple also didn’t notice an epic security flaw in macOS and iOS for 18 months a few years ago. Either way, this latest week of problems does highlight Apple’s challenge to meet the needs of its customers on a wide scale. 10 years ago Apple introduced the iPhone, but at the time its main computing devices were Macs which made up around five percent of all desktop machines. Windows was the operating system you associated with bugs or security patches at the time.

But Apple now has more than 1 billion devices running iOS, and any security flaws or problems impact millions of people on a much larger scale than macOS has ever experienced.



Major Apple security flaw grants admin access on macOS High Sierra without password

There’s a major flaw in Apple’s macOS High Sierra operating system that allows anyone with physical access to a Mac to gain system administrator access without so much as entering a password. Late Tuesday, Apple confirmed that it’s working on a software update to fix the issue and published step-by-step instructions to help customers protect their machines in the meantime.

The vulnerability was publicly disclosed on Twitter this afternoon; it’s not clear whether the problem was privately reported to Apple ahead of time, which is the encouraged practice when security vulnerabilities are uncovered. (The company maintains an invite-only bug bounty program.) Despite its incredibly alarming simplicity, The Verge is not reproducing the steps to bypass High Sierra’s login screen here. It does not affect Sierra or other previous macOS versions.

However, The Verge has been able to confirm the major security issue remains present as of MacOS 10.13.1, the current release of High Sierra. When the problem is exploited, the user is authenticated into a “System Administrator” account and is given full ability to view files and even reset or change passwords for pre-existing users on that machine. Apple ID email addresses tied to users on the Mac can be removed and altered, as well. There are likely many more ways that someone taking advantage of the issue could wreak havoc on a Mac desktop or laptop.

The level of unbridled access this security hole permits — and it abruptly being made public — will almost certainly prompt Apple to move fast in releasing an update for its Mac operating system. The company hasn’t yet provided a release timeframe for that update.

Until that happens, the best way to protect your Mac against the issue reported today is by ensuring that you’ve set a root password. To do that, go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Options > Join > Open Directory Utility > Edit pulldown menu. Enable the Root User if you haven’t already and then choose Change Root Password.

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Old 12-03-2017, 03:32 PM   #2
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interesting read. my i8 is still on 11.0.3 and seems to be doing great right now.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:03 PM   #3
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mine is i7+ 10.3.2 :-) nice version..
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Still on iOS 10.3.3
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Serves Apple right for spending too much time trying to defeat jailbreaking while not bothering with the fundamentals!
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I am still on 10.2 lol. Seems like the Jailbreak is starting to become extinct.
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Running 11.2 beta 6 and so far been running pretty good on my iPhone X
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Running 11.2 beta 6 and so far been running pretty good on my iPhone X
Why are you running a beta still? The release version was published on Sat.
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when is the ios 11 jb comming out? is jailbreaking over?
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Why are you running a beta still? The release version was published on Sat.
Isn’t 11.2.6 newer than 11.2?? I had 11.2 like a month ago
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Thank you for the info
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Nice. Mines working good iOS 11 8plus

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Quote:
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Isn’t 11.2.6 newer than 11.2?? I had 11.2 like a month ago
Yes. But you wrote you're using 11.2 Beta 6. Which would be the 6th beta of 11.2.

What you're using is the 11.2.6 Beta, which is not the 6th beta of 11.2.

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Sidenote: There's been a kernel exploit released for 11.1.2 which will in all likelihood lead to a jailbreak in the next 4-8 weeks provided the Dev teams want to spirit this along.

If you want the most likely jailbreakable O/S, rollback to 11.1.2 or earlier 11 release while the signing window is still open by Apple and wait.

If no jailbreak materializes after a month or so, you're no worse off and can re-upgrade to whatever the latest iOS ver. is.
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