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sberfield
Posts: 68
Registered: ‎03-18-2011
My Device: Playbook Developer
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Re: Apps can be extracted from the Playbook?

Why Back up apps as a part of the backup at all? Instead, store a list of owned apps and re-download on restore. This is typical behavior in other systems.
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Acenet
Posts: 248
Registered: ‎11-02-2010
My Device: PlayBook
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Re: Apps can be extracted from the Playbook?

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sberfield wrote:
Why Back up apps as a part of the backup at all? Instead, store a list of owned apps and re-download on restore. This is typical behavior in other systems.

No I don't think it is. Please read the entire post for details, but apps are saved with iTunes, not the "list of apps", and this is how it should be, really.

 

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Aenimea
Posts: 96
Registered: ‎01-20-2011
My Device: Storm
My Carrier: Mobile Vikings

Re: Apps can be extracted from the Playbook?

this is a bit scarry. I hope RIM will do something about it!

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tensioncore
Posts: 323
Registered: ‎12-13-2010
My Device: Bold 9900/Z10 Special Edition
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Re: Apps can be extracted from the Playbook?

any updates to where RIM is taking this issue?
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vinng86
Posts: 22
Registered: ‎01-14-2011
My Device: Blackberry Storm

Re: Apps can be extracted from the Playbook?

Give 'em some time. MSohm replied on Friday and it is currently Monday morning here in Canada.

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sergeh
Posts: 123
Registered: ‎03-22-2011
My Device: curve 8900
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Re: Apps can be extracted from the Playbook?

@tensioncore just watch this issue
https://www.blackberry.com/jira/browse/TABLET-189
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NormanF
Posts: 120
Registered: ‎11-24-2010
My Device: 9700

Re: Apps can be extracted from the Playbook?

 


sergeh wrote:
@tensioncore just watch this issue
https://www.blackberry.com/jira/browse/TABLET-189

It would not hurt if everyone went to that page and voted for it to be fixed.

 

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tensioncore
Posts: 323
Registered: ‎12-13-2010
My Device: Bold 9900/Z10 Special Edition
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Re: Apps can be extracted from the Playbook?

Thanks guys! Must have missed that somewhere. And I'm in Vancouver. Same country, same day. Lol ...wasn't thinking about it that way because I'm in the middle of 17 straight days of work. Forgive me ha.
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ytpete
Posts: 30
Registered: ‎01-09-2011
My Device: PlayBook

Re: Apps can be extracted from the Playbook?

I agree this is scary, but I wonder if it's gotten blown out of proportion.  It looks like only an unsigned copy of the app is exposed, which makes casual piracy hard since without jumping through hoops with developer tools, users can't run an unsigned app on the PlayBook.  Someone would have to stick their neck out by registering with RIM as a "developer" in order to re-sign pirated apps... and RIM could easily put a stop to that by revoking their signing privileges.

 

It sucks that the SWF itself is now easy to get at, but I'm not even sure that makes much difference.  Think of the kind of person who could successfully rip off your app using the SWF -- someone who could decompile the bytecode, understand the decompiled code well enough to rip out your branding, and remove all the QNX dependencies from it.  Do you really think a hacker like that wouldn't find some way to get the BAR file off the device anyway?

 

Still, I hope RIM issues a public response soon, if only to show they're responsive to the developer community's concerns...

 

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biggerCC
Posts: 270
Registered: ‎12-13-2010
My Device: PlayBook 16GB, BB10 Dev Alpha
My Carrier: o2 (de)

Re: Apps can be extracted from the Playbook?

It won't harm RIM's profits, because average Joe can't install these pirated Apps on his PlayBook. That's right, ytpete.

 

BUT: the pirate could easily take the SWF part and port it to other platforms (iOS, Android), where piracy is omnipresent. Or he could more or less easily have a look at the source code to manipulate highscores or gain access to non-public APIs...

 

It's a really bad sitation.

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