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After some new app updates in the App Store and Mac App Store began mysteriously crashing on launch for a portion of users, a few developers have come to the conclusion that Apple accidentally seeded corrupt binaries of their apps.

"Instapaper" creator Marco Arment noted on his blog on Wednesday that he was "deluged by support email and Twitter messages" from users who were unable to open the app after his most-recent update, version 4.2.3, went live in the App Store.

"This didn?t make sense — obviously, Apple had reviewed it, and it worked for them," Arment wrote. "My submitted archive from Xcode worked perfectly. But every time I downloaded the update from the App Store, clean or not, it crashed instantly."

According to the developer, "lots of anxiety and research" helped him discover that the problem was "a seemingly corrupt update being distributed by the App Store in some regions." The U.S. and U.K. were hit with the unusable file, while Australia appeared to remain unscathed.

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Affected applications were said to crash immediately on launch without even showing the "Default.png" file. Some App Store users reported seeing error numbers of 8324 and 8326 in iTunes, while Mac users received notifications that the application was "damaged and can't be opened."

In the case of "Instapaper," the corrupt version was available for two hours before the App Store began distributing the correct version of the app. The only known fix for sers who downloaded the app during the two hour window is to simply delete then reinstall the app.

In his post, Arment called the issue a "serious problem" and implored Apple to fix it.

The incident was not, however, isolated to just "Instapaper." Arment compiled a list of apps that had been updated on July 3 or July 4 that he'd heard reports of crashing. More than a dozen applications have reportedly suffered from the problem, including "GoodReader," "Pair" and "Angry Birds Space HD Free."

Meanwhile, the developer behind "GoodReader" speculated on its website that notifications of a new update might have gone out for its app before Apple's internal encryption had finished. As such, customers may have received "incorrectly (or partially?) encrypted binaries" that would not be recognized as valid by iOS. 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.

After expanding into 32 new countries last month, Apple's iOS application store is now available in 155 countries. As of early June, there were more than 650,000 applications in the store.

Apple is believed to have made some minor under-the-hood changes to the search algorithm in the App Store search algorithm. Late last month, some developers reported (1, 2) that their search rankings had changed drastically because of apparent changes to the algorithm.
post #2 of 26
I have not seen this issue, however I am getting a hell of a lot of spam with this in the body "Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android".

Methinks a spambot army be running on android handsets.
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post #3 of 26

Hmmn. Maybe this explains the, "There were problems downloading some purchased items. This was a problem with "app name". An unknown error occurred (8324). Use the Check for Available Downloads command in the Store menu to download again later." that I have been getting for the last hour.

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Hmmn. Maybe this explains the, "There were problems downloading some purchased items. This was a problem with "app name". An unknown error occurred (8324). Use the Check for Available Downloads command in the Store menu to download again later." that I have been getting for the last hour.

 

which sounds like the binaries are actually fine but there was a issue due to traffic or such. And the system told users that there was a potential issue so folks shouldn't have been shocked by the crashes. 

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post #5 of 26
I downloaded the Instapaper update several hours ago direct on my iPhone - no problems.
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Please don't tell me that this technology thing that we've created occasionally has glitches from time to time!

We should shut it all down and go back to our pointy sticks and fire-lit caves (although watch out for that 'fire' thing we used to use. I hear it also goes out from time to time...)
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post #7 of 26

Instapaper... what a crappy and useless app. Nothing of value was lost.

post #8 of 26
perhaps it's just dog's way of telling you that you shouldn't be distributing your app ...
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Instapaper... what a crappy and useless app. Nothing of value was lost.


Nothing of value was gained by your post.

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Please don't tell me that this technology thing that we've created occasionally has glitches from time to time!
We should shut it all down and go back to our pointy sticks and fire-lit caves (although watch out for that 'fire' thing we used to use. I hear it also goes out from time to time...)

Cool straw man, bro.

post #11 of 26

The App Store is messed up right now.

 


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Originally Posted by mrr View Post

Hmmn. Maybe this explains the, "There were problems downloading some purchased items. This was a problem with "app name". An unknown error occurred (8324). Use the Check for Available Downloads command in the Store menu to download again later." that I have been getting for the last hour.

 

 

Two apps showed up in iTunes as awaiting updates, but when I tried to download them, iTunes threw an error message, probably the same one. One happened to be the Yahoo Search app, so it's not just happening to little developers.

 

I think I'll sit out a day or two and look for confirmation that these issues have been cleared up before I try to download any more apps from the App Store.

post #12 of 26

I may have actually have caused this bug. On July 3rd I released updates to five of my apps. Three of the apps are almost 2GB in size and the total size is close to 7GB. It is possible that this bogged down Apple's app release servers enough to cause this problem. My apps are Scenic Map Western USA, Scenic Map Central USA, Scenic Map Eastern USA, Scenic Map Alaska and Scenic Map Grand Canyon. I manually released all of them within seconds of each other. I noticed that they seemed to pop up on the App Store rather quickly and one user has reported a problem with the app he downloaded. Call me paranoid but there may be a connection.
 

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I may have actually have caused this bug. On July 3rd I released updates to five of my apps. Three of the apps are almost 2GB in size and the total size is close to 7GB. It is possible that this bogged down Apple's app release servers enough to cause this problem. My apps are Scenic Map Western USA, Scenic Map Central USA, Scenic Map Eastern USA, Scenic Map Alaska and Scenic Map Grand Canyon. I manually released all of them within seconds of each other. I noticed that they seemed to pop up on the App Store rather quickly and one user has reported a problem with the app he downloaded. Call me paranoid but there may be a connection.
 

Please Please Please tell me your not being serious...

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Originally Posted by GrangerFX View Post

I may have actually have caused this bug. On July 3rd I released updates to five of my apps. Three of the apps are almost 2GB in size and the total size is close to 7GB. It is possible that this bogged down Apple's app release servers enough to cause this problem. My apps are Scenic Map Western USA, Scenic Map Central USA, Scenic Map Eastern USA, Scenic Map Alaska and Scenic Map Grand Canyon. I manually released all of them within seconds of each other. I noticed that they seemed to pop up on the App Store rather quickly and one user has reported a problem with the app he downloaded. Call me paranoid but there may be a connection.
 

 

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post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by GTR View Post

Please don't tell me that this technology thing that we've created occasionally has glitches from time to time!
We should shut it all down and go back to our pointy sticks and fire-lit caves (although watch out for that 'fire' thing we used to use. I hear it also goes out from time to time...)

Is that supposed to be funny, or original?
Errors happen, no need to go into hyperbole mode now to defend Apple. No one said that it was such a big deal.
post #16 of 26

I don't think it's over - I just got a notification about a Mac app update, it downloaded right to the end but popped up a dialog about an install error. Retried and same thing again. Never had any problems with the App Store before.

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Apple and Developers are ignoring me.

You can add Dooms Knight and Doomed Heretic to the list. I have contacted Apple about the issue, they point their fingers to the Devs. I have been trying to contact the devs at Moalabs, the only way to contact devs via their wepage is via twitter. They haven't been on twitter since june. Where does this leave me? I for one will no longer be making any purchases from the app store, or itunes store. Everytime there is a problem, Apple places it's head far up into it's arse. It is high time Apple behaves responsibly, and stop with the finger pointing!

post #18 of 26

Tim Cook has softened up Apple in the last year. But this is an example of how Apple still needs to improve in customer service. Marco is well-known and popular amongst Apple developers, even if his operation is small (1 man). For him to not receive an early response from the Apple AppStore team is not right, or smart, on Apple's part (hopefully this has been addressed).

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Way to go Apple, they just removed mine and any other negative reviews about this issue. I know for a fact I will no longer be making purchases through Apple, they aren't responsible enough.

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Is that supposed to be funny, or original? What a fanboy.
Errors happen, no need to go into hyperbole mode now to defend Apple. No one said that it was such a big deal.

That looked like a sarcastic comment to me, I don't know why you took that comment seriously.

We're starting to take "fanboy" comments as personal attacks, please stop using it.
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Way to go Apple, they just removed mine and any other negative reviews about this issue. I know for a fact I will no longer be making purchases through Apple, they aren't responsible enough.

Bye. I'm sure you'll have better luck with Google and PC manufacturers. They're the embodiment of responsibility.
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The original story listed apps that were affected. Mine were affected so I listed them. If I had been advertising them I would have mentioned what the apps do and all their great features or provided a link to my web site. I hate spam as much as you do and won't do it to promote my own apps.

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Cool straw man, bro.

 

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Why so Siri?

 

I actually came across this and was going to use it in the "Apple sued for allegedly infringing Chinese Siri-like patent" thread:

 

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Alas, I had already gone over my Siri joke quota for the day.

 

Bummer.

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post #26 of 26
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Is that supposed to be funny, or original?
Errors happen, no need to go into hyperbole mode now to defend Apple. No one said that it was such a big deal.

Marco made it out to be a huge deal. Massively huge deal. Demanding answers from Appke on behalf of the users and developers, getting his 15 minutes and lots of press or his app which might sooner be rendered unneeded for many.

The DRM server had an issue for some users, possibly due to higher traffic because of the holiday and all the markdowns pushing in traffic. It happens, even if Apple has 1000 servers in each country it would still happen. We have no idea how many users were effected to no if it was 1 for each update, 100, 1000, 1 million etc. or how long each update took to fix the glitch. but like all things Apple it is made out like they remotely killed every device out there.

And there is talk that Apple is going to offline all reviews from during that period and remove any that are negatives due to this issue, or at least do so at developer request if the app was one that launched an update during that time. So they aren't ignoring them developers plight on that front either.

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