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Apple Posts List of Top 25 Apps Affected by XcodeGhost Malware

Apple Posts List of Top 25 Apps Affected by XcodeGhost Malware

As promised, Apple has published a list of the top 25 iOS apps that were infected by China’s XcodeGhost hack. Apple posted the list to its XcodeGhost FAQ on Thursday. The company is urging iOS users to update apps affected by the app as soon as possible.

Apple Posts List of Top 25 Apps Affected by XcodeGhost Malware


“After the top 25 impacted apps, the number of impacted users drops significantly,” Apple says, adding that it is working directly with developers to get affected apps back up for download.

Apple’s list of the top 25 apps affected by XcodeGhost (* indicates titles not currently available in the App Store):

  • WeChat
  • DiDi Taxi
  • 58 Classified – Job, Used Cars, Rent
  • Gaode Map – Driving and Public Transportation
  • Railroad 12306
  • Flush
  • China Unicom Customer Service (Official Version)*
  • CarrotFantasy 2: Daily Battle*
  • Miraculous Warmth
  • Call Me MT 2 – Multi-server version
  • Angry Bird 2 – Yifeng Li’s Favorite*
  • Baidu Music – A Music Player that has Downloads, Ringtones, Music Videos, Radio, and Karaoke
  • DuoDuo Ringtone
  • NetEase Music – An Essential for Radio and Song Download
  • Foreign Harbor – The Hottest Platform for Oversea Shopping*
  • Battle of Freedom (The MOBA mobile game)
  • One Piece – Embark (Officially Authorized)*
  • Let’s Cook – Receipes [sic]
    Heroes of Order & Chaos – Multiplayer Online Game*
  • Dark Dawn – Under the Icing City (the first mobile game sponsored by Fan BingBing)*
  • I Like Being With You*
  • Himalaya FM (Audio Book Community)
  • CarrotFantasy*
  • Flush HD
  • Encounter – Local Chatting Tool

A malicious version of Xcode had been uploaded to Chinese cloud file sharing service Baidu and downloaded by some iOS developers in China. Those developers then unknowingly compiled apps using the malicious version of Xcode, and then made those apps available on the iOS App Store.

Chinese developers commonly download new versions of Apple’s development studio from servers other than Apple’s official source, due to the large size of the app, which can take a long time to download in China. Apple hopes to address the issue by having an official copy of the software available to download on Chinese servers.

The Cupertino firm says there is no proof the malware had been used for anything malicious, and says the code can only deliver some general information about a device’s apps, and system information.

Versions affected were unofficial versions between Xcode 6.1 and Xcode 6.4. Affected iOS devices include any device running a version of iOS that is compatible with the infected apps. This can affect any iOS device, jailbroken or not.