Apple confirms iPhone source code leak

A skilled anonymous hacker leaked the source code for Apple's ultra-secret iBoot software on Wednesday, raising fears that nearly any might be vulnerable to hackers. "[iBoot] is responsible for ensuring trusted boot operation of Apple's ioS software". There are also concerns it could uncover new security vulnerabilities in iOS, which may be found by attackers.

This however means that Apple must have stated, under the penalty of perjury that the copy of the closed-source code published to GitHub - was indeed legitimate Apple property.

Having access to such source code is one way for security researchers to find flaws in source code and report any bugs they might throw up that could potentially be exploited by hackers.

According to these sources, the person who stole the code didn't have an axe to grind with Apple.

Despite being tied to the outdated iOS 9, the code could make it easier for hackers to find vulnerabilities that would allow them to decrypt an iPhone. There are no details on how ZioShiba got the iBoot source code, but after seeing it, we're certain it's the real deal. After the code was posted, Apple quickly issued a DMCA takedown and then proceeded to downplay the threat, saying that the newer versions of iOS should be secure.

There's been a huge leak on the web today, which has put every iPhone on the market in danger in terms of security.

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While clarifying, the company said that the iPhone security doesn't rely on source code secrecy.

With a hack like this, anyone could bypass the security measures from Apple and unlock your phone with it.

Motherboard confirmed that this particular source code began circulating more widely in 2017 with a fourth and fifth source who are familiar with the jailbreaking and iPhone research communities.

Apple has ordered GitHub to remove the code, although it still likely remains on several other platforms on the internet, specifically resources and portals used by the jailbreaking community.

'There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections, ' the firm added.

While the leak just gained mainstream attention this week, the code has been floating around for a while. Now, in a rather unexpected twist, the publication says that the sensitive code was actually first leaked by an Apple intern.


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