Last night Apple took their developer center down to patch a hole that allowed someone with access to the internal Radar app to get the professional contact information for anyone registered with the iOS, Mac, or Safari developer programs.
Apple has added a new Design Guides and Resources section to their developer center. It includes videos and documentation on user interface design for apps and games, overviews of what's new in iOS 7, best practices, a look at how iPhoto was designed, Apple's famed Human Interface Guidelines (HIG), design dos and don'ts, the UIKit catalog, and the iOS 7 transition guide.
Apple recently updated their Web Server notifications page with several new acknowledgements to people who discovered and reported security vulnerabilities in Apple's servers. Among the discoveries acknowledged seems to be the vulnerability that was responsible for Apple's Developer Portal's eight-day outage. The notifications page shows a remote code execution vulnerability being reported on July 18th, the same day that Apple took the developer site down.
After the initial attempted intrusion to the Apple Developer Portal shut things down completely, services have slowly been restoring as Apple made efforts the get things back to normal. As of this morning, an email is hitting inboxes informing that all developer program services are back online, and Apple has an apology gift for all their registered developers:
Apple has let developers know that they plan to restore most of the services still effected by the recent downtime this week. Many developer resources are already back up, with only the Member Center, Xcode automatic configuration, program enrollment and renewals, and technical support still down.
After an eight day outage of the Apple Developer Portal, it's almost to be expected that there might be a backlog of submissions for App Store approval. Unless and until we start hearing grumbles from a lot of developers, or start hearing of above-average wait times, however, it's almost impossible to tell. A couple developers have reported receiving messages saying there'd be a delay in reviewing their apps, but the messages are identical to ones Apple has been using for years whenever the review process is taking longer than expected for a particular app.
Apple has pushed out an update to their Developer Portal maintenance page to give developers some additional information about the current status of things in the wake of their security breach. The update announces the order in which developers can expect services and functionality to be restored.
Ibrahim Balic received a lot of attention recently after claiming he may be the person responsible for Apple's ongoing Developer Portal outage. With no further communication or corroboration from Apple, people are still trying to get a clear picture as to exactly what happened last Thursday that prompted Apple to take the site down, and if Balic's actions are truly the cause. In order to get a better handle on what may or may not have happened, and his potential role in it, I communicated with Balic yesterday and asked him a series of questions. Here's what I found out: