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Russian Hacker Sidesteps Apple iOS In-App Purchases 142

Posted by Soulskill
from the price-is-right dept.
An anonymous reader tips news that a Russian developer has posted a video showing how in-app purchases for some iOS software can be acquired without payment. The hack does't require the device to be jailbroken, and can be accomplished even by users who aren't technically proficient. The method involves three steps: "The installation of CA certificate, the installation of in-appstore.com certificate, and the changing of DNS record in Wi-Fi settings. After the quick process, users are presented with the message pictured above when installing in-app purchases, opposed to Apple’s usual purchase confirmation dialog." 9to5mac notes that this doesn't affect all apps, since some of them make use of Apple's method for validating receipts.
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Russian Hacker Sidesteps Apple iOS In-App Purchases

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  • by chinton (151403) <chinton001-slashdot@NOsPam.gmail.com> on Friday July 13, 2012 @12:34PM (#40640015) Journal
    I thought the first rule would have been "if you don't want to pay for something it doesn't give you the right to take it".

    I've got a hack for getting free jewelry. It involves a crowbar and the brittleness of the glass they use to make those display cases.

  • by i kan reed (749298) on Friday July 13, 2012 @12:36PM (#40640025) Homepage Journal

    Where the "something" in this case are the states of Boolean variables. Not illegal.

  • Pay the price (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Sponge Bath (413667) on Friday July 13, 2012 @12:38PM (#40640051)
    It might be better to buy the software instead of leaving a trail of your theft with the Apple store.
  • by Black LED (1957016) on Friday July 13, 2012 @12:42PM (#40640095)
    I think this is different. The data for the in-app purchases already exists on your device. You have every right to manipulate the data on your device, computer, whatever in any way that you want. So long as you aren't then redistributing that data, there is no problem.
  • by bhlowe (1803290) on Friday July 13, 2012 @12:56PM (#40640209)
    I hope that Apple bills each user who tries this... It would not be that hard to show that the purchase was made and after a little sorting out, the credits will go to the developer.. I'm not sure what happens if you run up expenses on your account that you can't afford, but my guess is that your service may be interrupted... Most of us have day jobs where we toil away for a corporation or government. Some of us toil away on software projects so we can escape that grind. It isn't easy making a living selling software... Show a little decency and respect to the developers... The marginal cost of delivery has nothing to do with the morality of getting something that you're not entitled to have.
  • by nitio (825314) <paulo.ruthesNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Friday July 13, 2012 @12:57PM (#40640235) Homepage
    Not true. YMMV but consider that most likely what you bought is a license to run the software (not the software itself) therefore the software in question - and the data - are still owned by the company that sold you the license. Copyright and all that shit

    Capcom goes a long way to this with DLC characters in their fighting game that are bundled with the disc but you have to pay to have that data already present unlocked. As sad as it is, it's not illegal for them to do that neither is legal for you to hack and make it available just because you have the data in a device you own.

    You know what the best alternative is? Pay the extra or don't pay from the beginning. Simple as that.
  • by GameboyRMH (1153867) <gameboyrmh@NoSpAM.gmail.com> on Friday July 13, 2012 @01:03PM (#40640309) Journal

    Before cheat codes made the games more fun for lowsy players, but today they make them more fun for poor players!

  • by Sarten-X (1102295) on Friday July 13, 2012 @01:16PM (#40640467) Homepage

    ...effort does not equate to value). Someone is upset when they don't get credit, which is different than having valued assets removed from their possession.

    So tell me, when you were born into this world, what valued assets did you have of your own? Not your family's, mind you, but your own? Apart from things you've put forth effort to produce, or put forth effort to earn the money to pay others to produce, what do you now possess that is of value?

    Everything of value in this world is valued because of the human effort it took to produce it. Metals must be pulled from the Earth, ores must be smelted, and products must be assembled. Information must be conceived, clarified, and codified.

    I have no moral responsibility to give credit, so I don't feel guilt.

    I understand this to mean "I value physical effort infinitely more than mental effort". If I hold the exact opposite definition, you wouldn't mind mind being my slave, would you? I promise you'll only be doing worthless physical labor...

Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time alloted it.

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