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More developer resources now back online, augmenting Dev Center

updated 12:14 am EDT, Wed July 31, 2013

Member Center, Technical Support and other elements still down

Following a hacking attack that revealed some potentially serious vulnerabilities, Apple's Dev Center and its associated resources are mostly back online following a ">week-long outage, with five more areas coming online late Tuesday. Four of the 15 sites and sub-sections for devlopers remain offline -- Xcode automatic configuration, the Member Center, Program Enrolment and Renewals and Technical Support -- but the Videos library, all pre-release documentation, the App Store Resource Center and the Apple Developer Forums are now available.

The main iOS, Mac and Safari developer center pages have been functional for a few days, along with the all-important iTunes Connect, but the lack of the Forums and Resource Center was a tough issue for most developers. The pre-release documentation is also considered vital for working with the latest versions of Mavericks and iOS 7 in order to avoid reporting already-known issues and other information. Apple has already said that developers whose membership was about to expire when the attack happened has been automatically renewed until all the resources are back online, and that no apps will be pulled from the App Store due to an expiring membership.

In a message posted on the Developer site during the offline time, Apple had laid out a schedule of areas to come back online in a sort of rolling re-opening -- but for the most part it has deviated from that plan and just made areas available as quickly as possible. Downloads became available ahead of the developer forums, even though the company had envisioned those features coming back in reverse order.

There is no word on when the remaining sections will reappear, but Apple says it has been working "round the clock" on the problem, making sure that the vulnerabilities exposed by the alleged "white hat security researcher" are closed before bringing sections back online. The company has yet to comment on or take action against Ibrahim Balic, the self-identified hacker. Apple has warned developers that due in part to the attack, clearances of submitted apps to the App Store will be slightly delayed.

by MacNN Staff



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