Monday, July 22, 2013

The problem with the Apple Hack rebuild.


After the intrusion at the Apple Developer portal, Apple said as part of their statement to developers:

"In order to prevent a security threat like this from happening again, we’re completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software, and rebuilding our entire database. We apologize for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused you and we expect to have the developer website up again soon."

If they're tearing down everything and rebuilding things properly, that shouldn't take "a few days".  Even with the entire company on it, doing things properly would take a few weeks.

This poses a small problem:
Everyone wants it up as quickly as possible, but, if it magically comes up too fast, would developers trust that a proper rebuild has been done?  

As such, I personally want it to remain down for several weeks, so it's done properly.
Short term pain, for long term gain.