It took Apple this time to outline what actually the XcodeGhost compromising of some App Store apps means for users via its Chinese website, but nevertheless, today the Mac maker has took its time on explaining what the malware is and the steps that the company is taking in order to minimize the risk and ensure its developers can be protected moving forward to trojan.
The issue of XcodeGhost was just coming after compromised versions of Xcode, found their way into the development cycle of pipular apps such as WeChat and Angry Birds 2, has left Apple with a number of App Store apps that could potentially be collecting data on its users. Almost it was 35 infected apps at the front, later grewed up to 85+. Just yesterday we have posted a list of XcodeGhost infected iOS apps that users should delete. Apple says that no information is available to suggest that “the malware has been used to do anything malicious or that this exploit would have delivered any personally identifiable info had it been used,”the company has although removed any infected apps from the App Store while others have been updated with infection-free versions, meaning all apps currently available are safe and stable to use.
Apple in conclusion also said that it will soon publish a list of the top 25 most popular apps that were affected by XcodeGhost malware as well as contacting users who may have used an app that fell fould of the trojan. From the XcodeGhost page on the comapny’s Chinese website:
Customers will be receiving more information letting them know if they’ve downloaded an app/apps that could have been compromised. Once a developer updates their app, that will fix the issue on the user’s device once they apply that update.
Here are those step which Apple been outlining, required in order for developers to validate the versions of Xcode that they are currently using in order to ensure that XcodeGhost cannot make a comeback.
One this is to be considered and that is, with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus set to go on sale this Friday, Apple really don’t want the current App Store problems to detract from its biggest hardware release of the year 2015.
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