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  • AppStore Developers Feel the Heat : Hackers Find Exploit in 4.x Without Jailbreak


    Disclaimer: ModMyi does not support or condone piracy in anyway. Please take this article as informational purposes only.

    It's a rather unfortunate piece of news for AppStore developers, as a group of hackers have discovered an exploit that will allow a user to install cracked apps without the use of a "rooted" iDevice.

    The group, iModZone, has created an App which goes by the name of IPA God, and claims that they have successfully been able to install these "cracked/beta" apps via their program. This potentially leads to a large amount of loss in sales for developers that work extremely hard to produce quality apps, which is a huge discouragement for any developer.

    The hackers posted a video that demonstrates the process, but it's not really 100%, as we have no idea what Firmware they are running except for their claims. I'm also a little confused as to how they even got the installer on the iPad without a Jailbroken device. It appears to work on iPhone/iPod/iPad.

    Well the installing apps by my method is something apple left in for developers to share there apps for beta testing over the internet
    However there is something more to this whole thing that really grinds my gears, and I'm sure it does many others as well. The hackers behind IPA God, have said that their App will actually cost money. It appears they are stating that the App will cost somewhere around $20!!! Not only is this extremely poor taste in Piracy, this is a complete insult to any AppStore developer that has been working many hard hours developing their paid App. This group decides to rip off other developers but at the same time, they turn around and are asking for money? Sounds a bit hypocritical don't you think?

    We do not encourage the use of cracked apps or pirated software, and highly recommend you do NOT go near these guys. Do not encourage them in anyway, do not give them money, and for the love of god, please just purchase your Apps legally, so that the AppStore can continue to thrive. We don't want to discourage developers from creating great new apps.

    If anything, I hope to see this 'IPA God' get cracked so that the hackers will see no profits out of this malicious act.

    What are your thoughts about this? Could it all be a hoax to get some attention? Extremely poor taste in piracy?

    Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
    I've seen this kind of installation before. It's actually a built-in feature to the OS, but only meant for distributing in-house apps (if the company you work for has custom apps not available on the App Store). You will probably have to register your UDID with their Ad Hoc Provisioning Profile for this to work. But the real question is "how do they sign apps that have already been compiled to their own developer account?"

    However, it should be incredibly easy for Apple to shut this method down. All they have to do is cancel their developer account.


    Source: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmTGx98BxTI]YouTube - IPA God - Download Cracked Apps On A Non Jailbroken Device Running iOS 4.1 & 4.2[/ame]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AppStore Developers Feel the Heat : Hackers Find Exploit in 4.x Without Jailbreak started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 84 Comments
    1. Faxmonkey's Avatar
      Faxmonkey -
      Quote Originally Posted by VBLUE42 View Post
      Yeah this is disgraceful.
      The only part that's disgraceful is attempting to charge 20 bucks. An program that lets you side-load apps onto your phone would have lots of interesting uses besides just piracy. People could release a rejected app, for instance, as an .ipa that people could just load directly to their phone themselves.

      Piracy is certainly going to be the primary use, but app piracy is not a big deal. Apps are so cheap and so easy to get legitimately, that the only people bothering to pirate apps are the types who would NEVER have bought them no matter the cost -- so developers aren't really losing money. In fact, it's mostly just kids who's mommy/daddy is smart enough not to let them have their own iTunes account with a credit card on it.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      SCAM and or JAIL TIME another person trying to take a shortcut to ruin it for others.
    1. SOSDD's Avatar
      SOSDD -
      You can't say enough bad things about this, but because there is no jailbreak, and if this is made available for 4.0.2 and above, a whole lot of folks will utilize things like this out of frustration.
    1. spamsalad's Avatar
      spamsalad -
      Quote Originally Posted by Waylonzzz View Post
      pointless. Jailbroken phones have programs for piracy anyway. Even with this "app," people would still prefer jailbreaking because of cydia and other tweaks/themes
      Please don't use Cydia in the same sentence as piracy.
    1. Flybeast0408's Avatar
      Flybeast0408 -
      Man..... Creepy I'm going to take developing classes in 2 months....This Sucks...
    1. chris102192's Avatar
      chris102192 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MaxxyBoii2K10 View Post
      what is to say that iPad isnt jbed?
      bs...
      The iPad is running the 4.2 beta 1.... That says everything.
    1. spamsalad's Avatar
      spamsalad -
      This is a simply an attempt at headline grabbing by a bunch of shoddy devs intent on generating a bit of chat. What their app does is nothing special, all devs can do same. They know their accounts can be shut down, in effect killing the "app". Get f****** real
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      modmyi is condoning piracy now
    1. GasAddict's Avatar
      GasAddict -
      If you really didn't want this to get publicity and attention, you should have never written an article about it and then tweeted about your article. At some point you have to realize that fanning the flames to increase your pageviews is counterproductive.
    1. avenger's Avatar
      avenger -
      I hope they get hacked instead this Is just complete ******** don't give in to them...anyway whats a dollar here and there anyway when we spend hundreds on other things
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      You guys do realize the vid showed an ipad WITH GAMECENTER so its quite obviius what firmware its on. So could this same exploist be used for Jailbreak
    1. kingkong's Avatar
      kingkong -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      You guys do realize the vid showed an ipad WITH GAMECENTER so its quite obviius what firmware its on. So could this same exploist be used for Jailbreak
      same thing i was thinking.
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      Thatd be awesome if it another browser based jailbreak (:
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      They'll get what's coming to them. Of that I have no doubt.
    1. skj8100's Avatar
      skj8100 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bobright View Post
      modmyi is condoning piracy now
      Apparently you didn't read the GIANT DISCLAIMER at the beginning of the story.....
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by bobright View Post
      modmyi is condoning piracy now
      Are you an idiot? MMi does not condone piracy. Read the disclaimer.

      This is terrible...
    1. Aliquippakid's Avatar
      Aliquippakid -
      I probably never would have heard of this if it wasn't for this post. This is kinda publicizing it. Pointless to talk about something that is not approved of. Everyone on this forum knows about jailbreaking, and probably 90% of those people know the name of the app needed to pirate. Sooo I geuss no damage done? Just wasted effort.
    1. SIRIUSISSUES's Avatar
      SIRIUSISSUES -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      You guys do realize the vid showed an ipad WITH GAMECENTER so its quite obviius what firmware its on. So could this same exploist be used for Jailbreak
      That's not true. You can download GameCenter through Cydia on any firmware above and including 4.0. This can easily be an already jailbroken ipad on any of those firmwares.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      how are you going to charge for a piracy app? something about this just seems wrong(er) than it should
    1. Count Tracula's Avatar
      Count Tracula -
      Apple can't really close this hole or method. Remember when the U.S. Military created an app that will never be on the app store? This method is for that purpose and any other company with legitimate proprietary applications to run on company iphones. I don't know about your run of the mill company iPhones, but the military certainly won't be registering udid's with apple. That would be a security flaw and the army ain't having that. Given this method will be abused, it won't be closed. Smarten up folks.