IPhone source code reportedly leaked by Apple intern

by Leslie Wood February 11, 2018, 5:04
IPhone source code reportedly leaked by Apple intern

An Apple's intern posted iOS source code GitHub, yesterday.

The site also noted that Apple has layered security so that it is very unlikely even an attacker exploiting any theoretical iBoot vulnerabilities could break an iOS device's cryptographic security, though other kinds of attacks are possible. Rusty Carter, VP of Product at Arxan Technologies commented below.

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.

"No one is sure who leaked the code, but made its way to a Discord server before someone uploaded it to a Mega archive and linked it on Reddit with the title "[news] iboot bootrom ibss ibec illb source codes". Strangely, reports of the code leaking didn't surface in the media at that time. "[iBoot] is responsible for ensuring trusted boot operation of Apple's ioS software".

The code began with the statement: "This document is the property of Apple Inc". A key iPhone code has just been revealed, in what some are calling the biggest leak in history. But it's an obvious confirmation when they reacted so fast and asked GitHub to take down links with propriety and confidential data through the DMCA request.

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.

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iOS bootloader The leak could be of value to "jailbreakers" who install third-party software on iPhones and iPads.

Fortunately, numerous risks associated with the leak have been mitigated. However, the original leak was found to be associated with iOS 9, which is a few generations removed from the currently-available iOS 11.

Again, the typical iPhone user is probably not in any danger, thanks to Apple's recent security upgrades on their devices.

Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey, said it was "extraordinary" that the code had been leaked.

Although Apple says the leak isn't much to worry about, it still took steps to take the iBoot code off of the internet. "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", said Apple's spokesperson.


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