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Old 11-28-2017, 07:25 PM   #1
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If only it were so easy to root a Kindle...

Amazon should follow Apple's lead.

Apparently, if you want to root a Mac, ... you ... type ... "root"

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/28/tech...bug/index.html
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There's a bug in Apple's most recent operating system

There's a flaw in Apple's newest computer operating system that allows someone to gain administrative capabilities without a password.

The flaw, discovered by developer Lemi Orhan Ergan and his colleagues, affects macOS High Sierra. To exploit the vulnerability, someone with access to the computer can type "root" and no password...
You'd think as part of initially setting up the OS, you'd be prompted to set a root password.
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Old 11-29-2017, 05:01 PM   #2
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That's pretty much the norm with mobile devices. With a PC, Windows, Mac, Applesoft, MS-DOS, CP/M, Unix, etc, the standard has always been to allow the user complete control. With mobile devices the standard has always been to try to prevent the user from having control.

I suspect the reason is that computers, at least in the early days, were designed with techies in mind and mobile devices were, from the start, designed for non-technical people and with the idea of protecting them from themselves.

With the Kindle, the more control and access they give their users the higher their support costs will be. Probably those costs are already pretty high given the quality of the support Amazon gives. Let us root it and it'll probably get a lot more expensive. And you know who really pays for that support!

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Old 11-29-2017, 08:43 PM   #3
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Kindle following Apple might be one of the few things that would drive me away.
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Apple Releases macOS High Sierra Security Update to Fix Root Password Vulnerability
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Apple today released Security Update 2017-001 to fix a serious vulnerability that enables access to the root superuser account with a blank password on any Mac running macOS High Sierra version 10.13.1.
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