Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Developer Account Terminated After Reporting Security Issue

Khaos Tian:

lol apparently reporting security issue to Apple product security can lead to termination from Apple Developer Program? Got a notice of termination from the personal account that has no activity recently today 🙃

Looks like I’m getting ghosted by WWDR & Product Security forks

That’s one way to make sure I don’t waste my time on sending security issues to them in the future I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/

Also it’s kinda annoying that macOS still shows the misleading alert when the signing certificate is revoked…

Saagar Jha:

Reminder that developing software for macOS means that Apple will turn around and call it malware if they terminate your developer account, because people who report security issues in good faith obviously write apps that will damage your computer.


Update (2021-07-28): See also: Hacker News:

Nika Kirkitadze (via Hacker News, tweet):

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Apple, where says that my developer membership has terminated. This is a massive blow to me.

The letter says that I have fraudulent conduct, but I believe that’s not true.

Apple just sent a warning message to me and, after 14 days, removed all my apps at the same time.

I am disappointed, of course. But a more critical issue is that I don’t know what went wrong and how to fix it. I tried to communicate with them but always was getting exact generic words and texts but nothing concrete.

Apple is super confident about its judgment. They applied the most severe punishment to me, without mentioning any details.

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When will John Gruber actual put Apple exec's feet to the fire over stuff like this, or will he just keep doing puff-piece interviews at WWDC.

Kevin Schumacher

@Rob Why do you think he keeps getting to do his post-WWDC interviews?

I don't think Gruber (or the ATP folks, Upgrade, etc.) asking hardball questions would accomplish anything. Those interviews are more of a "WWDC: Director's Cut".

They agree to talk about WWDC, which makes sense. And we’ve seen, like this year, when he does ask an inconvenient question that the answers from the Apple execs aren’t very satisfying, anyway. It’s like talking with a high ranking politician. You can’t make them tell you something they don’t want to tell you, except perhaps by accident.

The exact same issue has happened to me, except that Apple asked me create a dev account (I don’t even know how to build an app), then banned me in a week for violation of section 3.2f. How does any of this make sense?

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