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Apple confirms iOS source code got leaked on GitHub

11 February, 2018, 05:07 | Author: Jan Cross
  • This leak is bad news for iPhone users

Apple has issued a takedown notice to GitHub after the source code for the iBoot component of iOS was leaked and posted on the code-sharing website.

However, there are iPhone and iPad users who should be anxious - people who are still using iOS 9.

Apple has bad news for their more than 700 million iPhone users around the globe.

The person took the iBoot source code - and additional code that has yet to be widely leaked - and shared it with a small group of five people.

The access to iBoot's code may have several implications; it could allow researchers to find vulnerabilities in the systems more easily, but it might also open the door to less benevolent hackers willing to exploit the hole.

According to Apple, 93% of its users are using iOS 10 or above.

Apple is known for keeping its iOS source code private to secure its devices, including iPhones though some parts of iOS and MacOS have been made open source over the years.

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"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.

The unnamed sources who received the code said while it's a huge deal, at least one of them "knew one day that if those kids [within Apple] got it they'd be dumb enough to push it to GitHub". They then shared the code with an increasing number of other coders until it eventually leaked on Reddit and was subsequently uploaded to Github by someone unknown to the original coterie of jailbreaking enthusiasts. Apple, however, calmed the concerns saying the code is tied to old software and would not affect the devices.

Fortunately, numerous risks associated with the leak have been mitigated. Now, in a rather unexpected twist, the publication says that the sensitive code was actually first leaked by an Apple intern.

The code indicated that it was taken from iOS 9 butt experts say there are portions of it that are still likely to be used in the newest operating system, iOS 11.

By design, "the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code", Apple wrote in the statement.

'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.

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