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Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 29-Nov-17 11:27:14
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A null password is valid - if that is the way you configure the security. It may not be a good idea but that does not make it invalid - for years I ran Windows with a blank password so that it auto logged in at home as I was the only user and nothing on the machine that needed to be secured.
Standard User billford
(elder) Wed 29-Nov-17 11:33:36
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A null password is valid - if that is the way you configure the security.
Accepting what you say, it's a bit of an oxymoron tongue

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Standard User TinyMongomery
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 29-Nov-17 11:54:10
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"" isn't a null entry. (Check your C programming - which is, after all, what these utilities are written in - a pointer to "" is not a null pointer.)

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Standard User billford
(elder) Wed 29-Nov-17 12:01:37
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a pointer to "" is not a null pointer.
Agreed, it isn't- it's a pointer to an empty string.

I just knew you'd take this sub-thread into pointless pedantry frown

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Standard User TinyMongomery
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 29-Nov-17 12:26:43
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I takes two to tango. wink

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Standard User billford
(elder) Wed 29-Nov-17 12:42:05
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Tango isn't an Apple OS.

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Standard User micksharpe
(legend) Wed 29-Nov-17 12:56:19
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Tango isn't an Apple OS.
Did you Google it? wink

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Standard User TinyMongomery
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 29-Nov-17 13:02:23
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Not an OS, but it takes two to use it. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tango-video-call-cha...

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Standard User ian_c
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 29-Nov-17 13:50:49
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If other people have access to your computer
Is the important bit (as you know)...

Also, the issue isn't really the absence of a root password per se, since root is not enabled by default on MacOS (and never has been), but that it turns out it is trivially easy to enable it. I suspect Apple made the (obviously erroneous) assumption that only people who knew what they were doing would know how to enable root. So although the workaround is to add a password, that isn't the fix because it should be (but isn't) moot for most users.

This (if I have read correctly - was in a bit of a rush) was found looking for a solution to a different issue - how to reinstate an admin (non-root) account that has been accidentally de-admined.

Standard User TinyMongomery
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Wed 29-Nov-17 14:13:53
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I'm not convinced that this is a big deal. If you have physical access to an OS X machine you can start it in single user mode and have root access that way. The same is true of most UNIX based systems - with physical access you can easily get root access.

The exception being if the hard disk is encrypted; most systems will the require a password to access it. In that case, even booting with another OS and accessing the disk that way won't work.

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