How to quickly set / change your Mac’s root password [9to5Mac]

In light of the recent security concerns with macOS that allows anyone to easily gain root access ( ), secure your Mac by locking down root. In this brief video walkthrough we show you how to change your Mac's root password using Directory Utility and Terminal.

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21 Comments on How to quickly set / change your Mac’s root password [9to5Mac]

    • Paul Welford No explaination but the fact that the mole at Apple let OS published with root can access without password. I am root.

    • there is a security vulnerability discovered today or yesterday which allows somebody to unlock any mac high sierra by typing root as username and living password field empty

  1. For those who don’t know what “root” is it is a super user that has entire access to system and have privileges in Unix systems. Macos is also a Unix system. Open terminal and type su root then you can delete the filesystem. Be careful while in root.

  2. You can also disable the root user (0:22). Problem solved! You should never need direct root access anyways. Use sudo!!

  3. I thought i had changed the root password already years ago. So after watching the video i typed: su root and typed my password. Terminal said sorry! Hmm so not set!! Glad i watched this video and fixed the problem. Stupid thing is for Linux i always change the root password. Its the first thing i do. But for this everyday Mac it just slipped my mind for some reason. Thanks for posting.

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