Apple knowingly released new macOS High Sierra,with a zero-day bug

  • Apple knowingly released new macOS High Sierra,with a zero-day bug

Apple knowingly released new macOS High Sierra,with a zero-day bug

High Sierra provides no warning signs that malicious activity is taking place.

In a statement, Apple said that macOS is "designed to be secure by default, and Gatekeeper warns users against installing unsigned apps, like the one shown in [Wardle's video], and prevents them from launching the app without explicit approval [from the user]".

The update brings some functional and cosmetic changes to numerous core apps in macOS such as Photos and Safari, but much of the real changes are coming under the hood. Downloaded files will take up less space on the Mac also.

Metal 2: Apple's upgraded API for graphics work is significantly upgraded, with a claimed 10x improvement in graphics capabilities.

25/09/2017: The new macOS High Sierra is set to be released today, following Apple's preview of its operating system update at WWDC in June.

You should see the High Sierra being featured at the top of the App Store and once you click on it, the download should begin. Instead of using SMS or Find My iPhone to transmit verification PINs, a six-digit PIN will be pushed out to your "trusted devices", such as an iPhone that's already been registered to you - and that you've previously confirmed is yours, using two-step verification.

Some older Macs, like MacBooks and iMacs from 2009, can also run High Sierra. But irony of the fact that the company is collecting more browsing data in order to make its browser more secure won't be lost on some. "MacOS is created to be secure by default, and Gatekeeper warns users against installing unsigned apps, like the one shown in this proof of concept, and prevents them from launching the app without explicit approval", an Apple spokesperson said to TIME.

One tweeter asked Wardle whether the vulnerability is only present in the newly released High Sierra, or whether it extends to the previous OS, Sierra, and older versions. While Apple pays up to $200,000 for iOS bugs, there is now no bounty program for macOS.

With the new desktop operating system, Apple is focusing on boosting performance to ensure utmost productivity. Apple confirmed to Ars that this is the case: support for Fusion and HDD systems will come in future updates.

The Photos app has also been updated with an always-on sidebar, new filtering and selection tools for quick and easy photo organization. Therefore it's recommended you go for the clean install method, provided you have the time and patience.

Aside from a number of performance and security upgrades that are essentially invisible to the end-user, macOS High Sierra also brings with it a slew of new features and applications.