Everyone should read this article.
This is serious. Apple needs to address it right away. Anyone in our group experienced it?
I wonder if the data is still there, but the directory was compromised. - Would there be a way to regain access?
"For what is age but youth's full bloom,
A riper, more transcendent youth" - Oliver Wendell Holmes
While I agree it's serious and yes it should be patched right away, I would dare say that it affects only a small percentage of users. Guest accounts are not enabled by default. So only those users who had them turned on in Leopard and then upgraded to Snow Leopard are affected. Since less than 20% of Apple's base is on Snow Leopard so far and probably (I'm guess here), less than 10% of those users had Guest accounts enabled, only a small number of people will be in danger. Again, it should be fixed. However, I don't think mass panic is in order here.
Here are more details.
You can never go wrong by doing the right thing.
There are two kinds of computer users: those who have lost data and those who are about to — backup your Mac!
There is some opinion that this is not a new problem. (I lost the citation.) The same source opined that 10.6.2 would contain a fix. So, panic and doom predictions are probably inappropriate.
All that said, I am NOT apologizing for Apple. Aim stones elsewhere.
Restoring from a backup is the only certain way to get the data back. The biggest complaints I've seen about this problem contain phrases like, "...lost 250GB of data that was not backed up." I confess a tendency to have a mild lack of sympathy in such cases.
I wonder if it affects data on external drives that are excluded from time Machine? That could be a loss of photo and video files! Thanks for the "how to" to protect ourselves.
I read somewhere that "There are two kinds of computer users: those who have lost data and those who are about to — backup your Mac!"
That was Brian Stone. Right?
The one exception? Mac user Brent Spiner. He will never lose Data
Never see a doctor whose office plants have died.
Bill, go to your room. That was a true groaner.
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—P M Evans
I last heard this quote of sage by Mr. White.
"portions of todays programming are reproduced by means of electrical transcriptions or tape recordings."
"I was exposed to the GUI and have been stuck ever since!"
"Remember.. Under our clothes...we are all naked"