Apple confirms but downplays iOS source code leak

Published iPhone Source Code

dmca/ at master · github/dmca · GitHub

The current iOS version in vogue is iOS 11, and hence all devices running the latest iOS version can be considered perfectly safe.

"Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code", Apple said in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by spokesperson Fred Sainz.

Apple indirectly confirmed the code to be real soon after when it demanded GitHub to take the source code down with a DMCA legal notice.

Apple has played down the possible negative consequences of the leak, saying that the old source code exposure would not cause any security concern. "Not open-source" The code was uploaded to GitHub by a user account known as "ZioShiba".

Since most of the iPhone users are now using iOS 10 or above, the source code breach of iOS 9 will not do any harm to the majority of the people. That said, iBoot is highly sensitive code, and Apple apparently pays up to $200,000 under its bug bounty program to anyone who discovers bugs in the boot up procedure. It ensures that the code being run is valid and is from Apple only.

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The original Apple employee did not respond to our request for comment and said through his friend that he did not now want to talk about it because he signed a non-disclosure agreement with Apple. Also, the reason this code is so vital as it is responsible for starting up an iOS device, or in other words, loads iOS in the first place each time the device is turned on. The same also applies to jail-breakers who'd like to offer hacks for popular iPhone or iPad models that could open up more functionality with the device. The Cupertino, California-based uses a Secure Enclave processor to make jailbreaking nearly impossible, notes DailyMail.

Both of our sources say they believe that someone not associated with the original leak ultimately posted it on GitHub: "What leaked yesterday isn't even the full leak really".

"Apple does not use security through obscurity, so this does not contain anything risky, just an easier to read format for the boot loader code", Strafach told TechCrunch.

With access to the iBoot source code, hackers get increased chances of finding exploits and vulnerabilities within iOS, which could lead to them finding ways to jailbreaking the device, according to Levin.

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