Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Source code of iPhone leaked, confirms Apple

Source code of iPhone leaked, confirms Apple

iOS is the software that powers the iPhone and iPad.

It wasn't just iBoot's code, however.

The code seems to belong to an older version of iOS (presumably iOS 9, released in 2015) but parts of it may very well be used in the current iOS 11.

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.

The code is also still available in some corners of the internet.

A recent leak of iOS bootloader source code won't impact iPhone security, according to Apple.

"Apple iOS is widely viewed as the most trusted mobile operating system out there". That's applies to this case in particular, since the leaked source code is said to contain documentation. In summary, it is the program that loads iOS, and is the first program that runs when an iOS device is booted up. Apple considers this code to be of top priority, even rewarding a bounty of $200,000 United States dollars to anyone who finds bugs in this section of code. They may be easier to find now the iBoot source has been distributed.

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Protecting such large repositories of source code is hard when many employees have access, Spanier said.

It is unknown at this point if the iBoot code that appeared on GitHUb is indeed authentic, but until Apple (the company has already issued a DMCA takedown notice to remove the code from GitHub) or recognised security researchers deny the authenticity of the code, we should assume it is legitimate.

He continued: "iBoot is the one component Apple has been holding on to, still encrypting its 64-bit image. now it's wide open in source code form".

Levin subsequently denied that he used that expression in a tweet, while Apple did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

According to Motherboard, the intern who stole the code took it and distributed it to a small group of five friends in the iOS jailbreaking community in order to help them with their ongoing efforts to circumvent Apple's locked down mobile operating system. "Please act expeditiously to disable the content found at the following repository (and any related forks)".

Only time will tell whether or not something will come from the leak many tech professionals are calling "the biggest leak in history".

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