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Malware Strikes Apple iOS App Store Again 94

tlhIngan writes "Well, it's happened again. Malware has slipped past Apple again and appeared in the iOS App Store. This time though, an iOS application came bundled with two Windows executables containing relatively old malware. It will not infect an iOS device nor Macs, but might affect Windows iTunes users. Looks like Apple needs to update their Windows malware scanner for iOS app submissions now."
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Malware Strikes Apple iOS App Store Again

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  • by EGSonikku ( 519478 ) <petersen DOT mobile AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @12:00PM (#40765223)

    From the sound of things this doesn't seem like an intentional attempt to infect users co punters via the App Store.

    The iOS app itself is NOT malware, and works as its supposed to. The malware is for Win32, and can do nothing on an iOS device, or a Mac, is located deep inside the .app folder directory, and has no way of launching itself. The only way for it to spread, or even run at all would be:

    Windows user browses to the iTunes backup folder
    For no particular reason at all decides to extract the contents of the .app file
    Decides to dig down a few directoies inside of that
    Out of boredom decides to run the the infected .exe.

    Rather than an intentional attempt to sneak Malware onto the App Store, it sounds more likely to me that the developer of the app was infected themselves, and unknowingly packaged it in the iOS app. Granted, Apple should be doing a virus scan before approving an App, but this malware is DOA barring the extremely unlikely scenario a user would have to do that I listed above for any chance of infection.

  • Re:A lot of work? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Ryanrule ( 1657199 ) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @01:20PM (#40766497)

    They sold it. They are liable.

  • Re:A lot of work? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Ryanrule ( 1657199 ) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @03:54PM (#40768491)

    You are paying for software, and you get send a virus. You don't even know. It gets dropped into a folder you never even think to touch. Now this time, nothing happened. This time. If apple isn't firing people over this, then they do not know what they are doing.

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.