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  • Apple Begins Hosting Xcode on Chinese Servers Due to the Recent Malware Issue


    Apple’s Xcode software should be faster to download for Chinese developers after the Cupertino California company has revealed that it has begun to host its development software on local servers within the country. The information was revealed in an interview with local media this week where Apple marketing chief, Phil Schiller, explained that while Xcode takes 25 minutes to download in the US, the same install can take up to three times as long for those in China. Apple is hoping to address the issue by having an official copy of the software available to download from its Chinese servers.

    The Cupertino California company in a recent FAQ (frequently-asked-questions) on its website this week that it will be publishing a list of the 25 most popular apps that were affected by the so-called “XcodeGhost” issue in the near future. According to Apple, outside of the top 25 apps, the number of users that are affected by the exploit “drops significantly.” The company also went ahead and published details on how developers can make sure that their copy of Xcode is legitimate. Unsurprisingly, developers are being advised to download Xcode through the Mac App Store or from Apple’s developer website, alongside keeping Gatekeeper enabled on all of their Macs to Protect against tampered software.

    For those of you who didn’t know, the slow download speeds in China led many developers to turn to alternative sources to get a version of Apple’s developer suite, Xcode. This led many to unknowingly download modified versions of Xcode, which led them to build malicious apps without knowing and allowing the software onto its iOS App Store. Roughly 39 apps are said to be infected and were confirmed to have made it through including popular downloads such as WeChat and Angry Birds 2. The malicious copies of Xcode were supposedly hosted on cloud storage which was run by China’s Baidu, which has long-since removed the files. To run the software, developers would have needed to disable Apple’s Gatekeeper security feature, hence Apple’s suggestion to keep it on.

    It’s good to see Apple addressing the situation quickly and efficiently.

    Source: Apple, Sina
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Begins Hosting Xcode on Chinese Servers Due to the Recent Malware Issue started by Akshay Masand View original post