In-App Purchase Hack Closed: Apple Fixed It
The game is over for now, in-app purchase hack closed by Apple, fixed if more correctly. Alexei Borodin, who found a way not to pay for purchases within applications on iPhone and iPad, admitted that Apple removed the loophole they detected earlier. Company engineers have made six changes in iOS blocking authentication of in-game purchases to bypass the App Store.
“Having studied the recent statement by Apple about purchases within applications in iOS 6 fix – wrote Alex in his in-appstore.com blog, – I can say that so far the game is over. Now we have no way to bypass the updated API”.
A day before Apple sent out App Store instructions to all software developers. The company described what actions must be taken so that users could not get the in-app purchases for iOS 5 apps for free. The developers have proposed to use unique user IDs (UDID), which will serve as a digital signature.
The introduction of digital signatures will not affect users. All the previously purchased stuff will remain, and the acquisition of new “extensions” will be implemented through . At the same time Apple has not obliged the developers to use the new feature. Want to protect yourself and get the money – to enter the UDID, and if you do not want to, you will expand to “buy for free.”
The method of protection described by Apple applies only to the iOS mobile platform, the same security hole exists in Mac App Store. Borodin’s (aka ZonD80) hack is for sure contrary to the rules of the App Store and Mac App Store. Nevertheless, over the past week they took advantage of almost 8.5 million times. Overall users “stole” over $6 million from app developers.
Now the hacker is going to lay out the development in open access, so its code will be available by anyone.
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