Rather disturbing...

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by RiCEADDiCTBOY, May 19, 2009.

  1. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2007
  2. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
  3. RiCEADDiCTBOY thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2007
    I know its a bad habit - but, I keep accounts kept in my Notes... =/
  4. Little HZ macrumors regular

    Little HZ

    Nov 15, 2008
    New Mexico
    The Wired articles says:

    "Part of the problem may be that Apple lacks the manpower to review every app carefully, which is not surprising. The App Store has published 46,000 apps since it opened in July 2008, according to iPhone analytics company Medialets."

    You'd think the way apps are selling, Apple could could hire a few more people to review apps ... ?
  5. RiCEADDiCTBOY thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2007
    Well that would make LOGICAL sense...but, you know Apple..."pay for less - sell high"
  6. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    All of this is why Apple has put their 'kill switch' in place. Someone finds out apps are harvesting information, bam! Kill switch and the app is no more, and no longer functional on the device. Some people will fall victim, but widespread damage can be stopped.
  7. Fe1 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    Oh thank God. I was reading this news on iLounge, with trepidation.

    It's one thing to put an innocuous Easter egg into a game app, but even circumventing the rules to add secret profanity (really? really? Come on, are people this infantile?) and such is worrisome. It's only a matter of time before some hacker slash developer has more malicious intent.

    Whenever it happens, I hope Apple returns the money to those who paid for the app, and then bans the developers for life.
  8. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Did NetShare ever get the kill switch? It's harmless, but it goes against AT&T's policy against tethering....

    I kick myself that I didn't buy NetShare every time I need WiFi, find that there are no hotspots available and I have my iPhone in my hand with an unlimited data plan. Damn! :(
  9. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    Im pretty sure Apple has not yet resorted to using the kill switch for any app, meaning those that bought NetShare can still use it.
  10. liptonlover macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2008
    Does anyone know what the developer's actual intent was though? He publicized the story right? So he's not trying to keep it secret. It may be the sort of thing where he's breaking the rules to prove it can be done so Apple can improve. After all, it's not like he did something really big and meaningful that was worth breaking the rules for profit or anything.
  11. Fe1 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    You're right. All he was was immature and subversive. Much better.
  12. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    Maybe if Apple didn't censor apps people would find no need for such easter eggs.
  13. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    I am sure that they will be expanding their capability in this area.

    I would also venture to say that Apple has been very surprised at how the App store has caught on. Additionally, a reviewer needs to be qualified and have a rather extensive skill set to review code. Doesn't happen overnight.

    This was a smart thing for Apple to implement.
  14. Daiden macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    But malicious code in Apps would STILL be an issue.
  15. Fe1 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    The "you forced me to do it because of what you did in the first place" argument doesn't hold up in real life. Ask Mike Tyson.
  16. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Wirelessly posted (iPod touch 32GB: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7A312g Safari/528.16)

    A more serious issue would be the app that sat behaving itself until a pre set day when it activated code to start malicious behaviour. Imagine an app that allows you to securely store passwords, PIN numbers, etc (there are several on the app store). If one of them has a trigger to send that info to a server after a preset date, apple would never pick it up in their testing.

    The possibilities are endless...
  17. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Isn't it always a partial case of User Beware? If you go for apps from large well know, trusted companies, you're less likely to have these problems.
  18. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I agree with you, but only about 2% of apps are made by trusted companies I heard of.
  19. RiCEADDiCTBOY thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2007
    lol? serious man? he placed the "easter egg" so that his app could properly display the profanity in the songs that ALREADY had profanity that was in it.

    it doesn't make sense for apple to sell music with profanity and disable apps that display the lyrics.

    ...i do believe a particular situation occurred with the recent NIN app as well right? well...apple can be lame at times. :apple:

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