Corrupt App Store Binaries Causing Apps to Crash on Launch
After a few new app updates in the App Store and Mac App Store, app developers are coming to the conclusion that Apple accidentally seeded corrupt binaries of their apps after noticing that their apps are crashing on launch for a portion of users. It appears that the issue occurred for members in the U.S. and U.K. for the most part, but it isn’t clear what other areas were affected (if any).
Instapaper’s creator Marco Arment was one of the first to note on his blog that he was “deluged by support email and Twitter messages” from users who were unable to open the app after his most recent update went live in the App Store (version 4.2.3). The developer was a bit shocked as the version he had sent to Apple worked perfectly fine for him and must have worked fine for Apple (hence the approval of the update). After doing some research, he discovered that the problem was “a seemingly corrupt update being distributed by the App Store in some regions.”
Applications affected by the issue seem to crash immediately on launch without even showing the “Default.png” file. Some App Store users reported seeing error numbers 8324 and 8326 in iTunes while Mac users received notifications informing the user that the application was “damaged and can’t be opened.” Arment declared the issue to be a “serious problem” and is hoping Apple fixes it sooner rather than later. Furthermore, Instapaper wasn’t the only app the issue was occurring for. Other apps that were updated between July 3 and July 4 also experience similar problems, apps including GoodReader, Pair, and Angry Birds Space HD Free.
The developer behind GoodReader speculated that notifications of a new update might have gone out for its app before Apple’s internal encryption had finished, causing the issue to occur in the first place. The publisher directed users experiencing the problem to either delete and reinstall the application or to follow a lengthy process that would redownload the app without deleting files and settings.
Hopefully Apple resolves the issue soon so that consumers can go back to using the app they love.
, Marco Arment