Mac AppStore cracked using "Kickback"

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by SmokeyRobinson, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. SmokeyRobinson, Jan 6, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011

    SmokeyRobinson macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2010

    Day 1 and the Mac App Store's security has been cracked. This means that, by installing a software called Kickback, you will be able to pirate any applications in the store. However, the crack will not be available until February 2011, according to Dissident:
  2. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  3. SmokeyRobinson thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2010
    Well no, because Apple writes the most secure software as we all know. :apple:
  4. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    Well how noble of them not to release it until the AppStore is full of crap.

    Not that I see the point, if something is worth pirating it obviously isn't crappy enough to ignore, right...? :rolleyes:
  5. SmokeyRobinson thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2010
    Well considering this would mean you could get thousands of dollars of programs for free I would think so...

    BTW someone else already posted the easiest exploit Ive ever seen in another section. I dont know if it works though.
  6. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    My spontaneous reply would've been a short "Well, duh!", but obviously my previous post was far to subtle so I'll rephrase myself a bit -

    What do you think, would anyone want "thousands of dollars" worth of crap for free, or is it the good software that will be pirated?

    If you compare your answer to that question with the rationale given for the potential release of the claimed hack, are they fully compatible?
  7. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    The way in which the App Store has been hacked does not endanger your personal security unless you download pirated versions of the apps from untrusted sources that could package the pirated versions with malware. For example, the iServices trojan in pirated iWork.
  8. Consultant, Jan 6, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2011

    Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Junk article. You don't need a third party software to crack it.
  9. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    It is pretty hard to have a complete computing experience without some third party software on any OS. Most people use social networking clients, online games, Adobe software, and etc.

    Piracy just allows the possibility that the third party software you are using is a carrier for malware.
  10. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2008
    most people that pirate won't even use the mac store.
  11. (marc) macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2010
    the woods
    Ridiculous. The devs should sue Apple for it.
  12. MOFS macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2003
    Durham, UK
    How do we know it's been cracked? Reading the release, there are two possible reasons for not releasing the hack.

    1) Their reason (altruism): :rolleyes:

    2) My reason: they haven't cracked it yet, and are playing a cyber game of the following conversation.
    A: I've just won the lottery!
    B: Prove it - show me the ticket.
    A: na uh - I wouldn't want to embarass you.
    B: You haven't won the lottery have you.
    A: ...
  13. Alizay Mirza, Jan 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2011

    Alizay Mirza macrumors newbie

    Alizay Mirza

    Dec 17, 2010
    Speculation is that it will be released in February, after Appstore is well establised.

    They say that they doesn't want to frustrate the developers by launching it right away. But we all know if they do it now or later, the reaction of developers will be a frustrating one.

    And yes I second you that devs will for sure be making some steps for encountering such threats.
  14. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    Exactly, they will download a pirated version of an app from an untrusted source and then use the cracking method to enable it to run. This occurs with iOS apps via jailbreaking as well and it should be no surprise that it will occur with the Mac App Store given that Mac OS X is not a closed system like iOS. But, those pirated versions could be modified to be a host for malware, much like iServices in iWork, so it is the users choice to take the risk.

    I don't see how the controversy about the "Mac App Store being hacked" is so sensational. Just like the iOS App Store, this type of piracy is a use at your own risk option for some users to get software. Just like downloading software from bittorrent, developers will have their software pirated no matter how much mitigations are put in place if the demand for a pirated version of the software is high enough.
  15. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Sorry, I didn't meant third party software is not needed.

    I meant you don't need third party software to pirate a few Mac App Store titles that did not follow Apple's guidelines.
  16. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    No need to say sorry, I was the one that misunderstood.

    I think "Kickback" will include both rejected apps and pirated versions of accepted apps from the Mac App Store just like jailbroken iOS app markets.

    I heard it is already possible to pirate Mac App Store apps by cutting and pasting some files from the package contents of an official app into the package contents of the pirated app. Anyone else know of this?
  17. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    Surprise, surprise. What exactly does this all entail, then? :confused:
  18. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7)

    The people that write these programs should be prosecuted as accessories to theft. One count for every app illegally downloaded.

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