You can now download macOS 10.13.2 final version and install on compatible Macs as Apple releases the much awaited update.
After pushing out the sixth beta of macOS 10.13.2 to developers and public testers at the start of this month Apple has now deemed the platform ready for public consumption, meaning all compatible Mac owners are now able to head over to the Mac App Store to grab the full and final macOS 10.3.2 update.
Where Apple and software are concerned most of the recent attention has been lavished on the company’s mobile platform, iOS, which powers iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The recent release of iOS 11.2 has managed to grab headlines purely because it was rushed out early to fix a rather annoying crashing bug caused by a local notifications API. However, macOS has managed to grab its own share of the headlines recently thanks to a pesky ‘root login’ bug which somehow managed to slip through Apple’s QA processes. The recent update to macOS 10.13.1 fixed that vulnerability, and, of course, the fix has been properly implemented into this 10.13.2 release because 10.13.1 still had some issues with it even with aforementioned patch installed.
As a brief historical overview of the root password bypass bug, any user who had access to a Mac running macOS High Sierra was able to enter ‘root’ as the username at Apple’s login prompt, and then leave the password field empty and hit login a few times to gain access with full system privileges. That is one of the main, if not the biggest, security issue fixed with this public release of macOS 10.13.2.
Other than that, as the version convention would suggest, the release of macOS 10.13.2 is all about bug fixes, important security patches, and under-the-hood improvements to push macOS forward. Given the seriousness of the root bug, Mac owners could be forgiven for thinking macOS isn’t as important to Apple as platforms like iOS or watchOS, but that simply isn’t true.
Apple may have come out and admitted that it “greatly” regretted the error which lead to the root bug but the haste of the resolution definitely shows a commitment to the platform and its security.
If you are a proud owner of a compatible MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or iMac, then you can grab the latest macOS 10.3.2 update right now from the Updates tab in the Mac App Store.
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