Today I’ll share Apple news about Apple pushing out bad apps – remains unvoiced on the issue, As highlighted by Instapaper developer Marco Arment, Apple appears to be pushing out corrupted updates causing a number of apps to crash immediately after launching.
Apple bad/corrupted apps
The issue was first noticed by Arment following an update to version 4.2.3 of Instapaper late last night, and Apple is yet to issue a statement or potential fix for the problem. Arment described the issue and provided a list of known affected apps:
Apple affected apps:
Angry Birds Space HD Free
Lords & Knights
Maps 3D, Maps 3D Lite
Measure Map, Measure Map Lite
Please Stay Calm
Readdle Scanner Pro
Stack the States
Stat E&M Coder
The Early Edition 2
The Magic of Reality
Characterizations of this issue:
- The app crashes immediately on launch, every time, even after a delete and reinstall as long as the corrupt file is being served by the App Store.
- It doesn’t even show the Default.png before crashing. Just a split-second of a partial fade to black, then back to Springboard.
- It may only affect customers in some regions.
- If updating from iTunes, some customers might get a dialog citing error 8324 or 8326.
Mac apps might show this dialog:
- “[App] is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete [App] and download it again from the App Store.”
- The console might show:AppleFairplayTextCrypterSession::fairplayOpen() failed, error -42110
Apple Corrupted Apps
Arment noted a couple hours after he started raising the issue online a functional version of Instapaper appeared to be distributed after reinstalling the app. However, he isn’t sure if Apple fixed the problem or if it is “simply because time passed, which may, for instance, expire a cache with the bad data.” Needlessly to say, Arment suggested developers wait a few days before issuing updates. Known affected apps are listed below and we’ll of course be keeping you updated as we learn more:
Developers of Readle noticed the issue with update 4.1 of its Scanner Pro app and provided some more information:
The problem was in the App Store distribution system. iTunes servers were sending corrupted application packages to many users, mostly in the US and UK. Sometimes immediate reinstall worked. For others, it took several hours to receive a valid archive… Less than 1% users downloading the update faces the problem for now.
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