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Apple: iBoot source code leak does not impact iPhone security

Apple: iBoot source code leak does not impact iPhone security

Apple has confirmed that some of the source code for its iOS mobile operating system has been leaked online.

Apple later made a request to Github to take the code down, and in its request, confirmed that the leaked code is real.

Apple has acknowledged that source code used in the software of iPhones and iPads has been leaked online, which security experts warn could present a major opportunity for hackers. Further, the company assured that its products are safe because of the hardware and software protections that accompany them. Even though we're looking at an iBoot for the iOS 9.3, it doesn't mean that the loopholes or workarounds would be useless for the latest iOS versions. There are no details on how ZioShiba got the iBoot source code, but after seeing it, we're certain it's the real deal. "It is not open-source", read the takedown request.

The discovery of the iBoot source code on GitHub was first noticed by security website Motherboard.




The development is extremely serious, as iBoot is a critical component of the iPad and iPhone's operating system.

"But Apple should be anxious because if somebody has got hold of that, what else have they got?" However, the user with the same handle is quite active on other platforms such as YouTube (talking about iOS hacks) and a Twitch account, notes DigitalTrends. However, the original leak was found to be associated with iOS 9, which is a few generations removed from the currently-available iOS 11. Microsoft warned at the time that anyone who searching for or sharing such code was engaging in illegal activity, and sent letters to that effect to people who had downloaded the code.

According to Gizmodo, that same bit of code has been circulating the web since late a year ago, when a user uploaded it on Reddit.

Along with attracting hackers, the iOS source code could also help tech-savvy consumers "jailbreak" their iPhones. "This can be useful not only to advanced users of devices, but also to criminals". "But it has taken particular care to keep iBoot secure and its code private; bugs in the boot process are the most valuable ones if reported to Apple through its bounty program, which values them at a max payment of $200,000".