Many Mac App Store applications cracked, hours after the store launches [Update]

Hours after Apple launched its brand new Mac App Store, which brought the App Store model from the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to the company's Macintosh computers, Neowin has learned that many applications have already been cracked, enabling pirates to easily install them.

The process involves the copying of 3 files, from a free application that you download from the app store, into a paid application that you download from a piracy site. This will allow the paid application to run on whichever Mac has that user authenticated within the Mac App Store. The instructions Neowin found recommended downloading Twitter, a free app, opening the application contents, and literally copying and pasting the 3 files which prove that you own the app into any vulnerable application.

At this point, Angry Birds is the most notable application which is vulnerable to the new exploit, however it's likely that many more are affected.

The issue affects applications which have not fully implemented Apple's security recommendations. Developers can patch the exploit fairly easily; however, it is expected that these apps would once again need to go through the approval process.

Neowin will not be publishing the process of how to pirate the apps, and does not encourage the practice.

Update, 9:48 EST: John Gruber, of Daring Fireball, is reporting that only some applications are affected, namely those which do not fully implement Apple's security procedures. The article has been updated to reflect this.

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To be honest this isn't really a problem with something that Apple did Developers rushed and didn't read the documentation properly and didn't implement some critical functions meant to protect their apps.... Oups

Rudy said,
To be honest this isn't really a problem with something that Apple did Developers rushed and didn't read the documentation properly and didn't implement some critical functions meant to protect their apps.... Oups

I think it is both Apple and the developers' fault. Even if the developers overlooked it and didn't put it in, shouldn't it have been found during the approval process? If they can prevent an app for being in the store because the icon doesn't look right but they don't check to see if all the security measures are implemented, I see that as a big problem.

Edited by Joyette S, Jan 7 2011, 10:52am :

I don't see how that's Apple's responsibility. Next, you'll expect Apple to check and fix all bugs in third-party applications as well.

Joyette S said,

I think it is both Apple and the developers' fault. Even if the developers overlooked it and didn't put it in, shouldn't it have been found during the approval process? If they can prevent an app for being in the store because the icon doesn't look right but they don't check to see if all the security measures are implemented, I see that as a big problem.

It's not Apple who's responsible how you secure your apps. This is an AppStore for a full fledge OS not a protected mobile OS. Apple gives the devs a way to make sure their application is legit and if they don't use it it's not Apple's fault

Rudy said,
It's not Apple who's responsible how you secure your apps. This is an AppStore for a full fledge OS not a protected mobile OS. Apple gives the devs a way to make sure their application is legit and if they don't use it it's not Apple's fault

But what we are trying to say here is that it *IS* Apple's fault in someway if the process which is meant to check for security issues and bits and pieces like that doesnt even pick up that developers are not bothering to follow Apple's procedures correctly. That is when it becomes Apple's problems. It should of been rejected until the security was 100% followed. They let it through purely so the numbers were there when it launched.

"Neowin will not be publishing the process of how to pirate the apps, and does not encourage the practice."

That is a load of crap. You know, I know it, everyone knows it. Neowin promotes piracy every chance it gets. Gotta get those ad impressions by any means necessary.

And everyone posting here saying "I just tried it", freaking criminals.

RichardK said,
"Neowin will not be publishing the process of how to pirate the apps, and does not encourage the practice."

That is a load of crap. You know, I know it, everyone knows it. Neowin promotes piracy every chance it gets. Gotta get those ad impressions by any means necessary.

And everyone posting here saying "I just tried it", freaking criminals.

There is a thin line between trying stuff out and being criminals. Not many people get it, don't worry. But your comment is disturbing and insulting.

RichardK said,
"Neowin will not be publishing the process of how to pirate the apps, and does not encourage the practice."

That is a load of crap. You know, I know it, everyone knows it. Neowin promotes piracy every chance it gets. Gotta get those ad impressions by any means necessary.

And everyone posting here saying "I just tried it", freaking criminals.

Wow, did you get out of the wrong side of the bed or something, someone get this guy a Waaambulance quick!

Apple again seeing $$$ signs and pushing out stuff without the proper Q&A. Little tip Apple, take a step back...concentrate on quality like you used to. You are growing to fast and cannot keep up.

Problem Neowin?
This actually shows most people don't even read the articles before commenting... It's just disturbing to see so many ignorant users here.

Thrasko said,
Problem Neowin?
This actually shows most people don't even read the articles before commenting... It's just disturbing to see so many ignorant users here.

Hes raising a valid point though

Well, it is Neowin so you would expect many of the people posting anonymously to be, well, a little ahem - biased and clueless.

Miuku said,
Well, it is Neowin so you would expect many of the people posting anonymously to be, well, a little ahem - biased and clueless.

That's why reading helps.

Miuku said,
Well, it is Neowin so you would expect many of the people posting anonymously to be, well, a little ahem - biased and clueless.

Sure. Have you seen the amount of crap loaded onto the comments section of articles concerning Windows and Microsoft in general? Calling wolf now aren't we?

ONCE AGAIN a lot of members on here just read what they want to read... i'll point it out for you :

The issue affects applications which have not fully implemented Apple's security recommendations.

..So this is apples fault because.........?

either way, the apps will find their way online somehow and people will bypass the AppStore, personally i think a lot of the stuff (that i would want anyway) is reasonably priced, so i'll stick to buying them and have the nice integration.. roll on Lion.

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