Apple Source Code For iBoot Gets Posted Online

Apple Source Code For iBoot Gets Posted Online

Jonathan Levin, the author of a series of books on iOS and Mac OSX internals, called the leak "huge", speculating the code is now making rounds in the underground iOS jailbreaking community. The codes have since been removed after Apple asked for it claiming that it is proprietary material and is not meant for open circulation on the web. Although the iOS 9 code is no longer on GitHub, that's not to say others have saved the code and have subsequently reuploaded it elsewhere.

In what is no doubt embarrassing for Apple, some portions of iOS source code have leaked online and the same could be hot property for hackers seeking to create jailbreaks of iOS devices.

"Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code", Apple said in a statement.

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Since Motherboard published the news, Apple has indeed confirmed that the code for its mobile phone operating system has been leaked online. Bugs in the iOS boot process are the most valuable ones to be covered by the company's bug bounty program, receiving a maximum payout of $200,000.

According to a report from Motherboard, the code is called "iBoot" and is responsible for ensuring your iPhone properly loads iOS when you turn your device on. Apple used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to force GitHub to take the code down, but in doing so, basically admitted that the code was genuine. A second security researcher also said they believe the code is real. If we don't see many new exploits, then we'll have better confidence in iOS security. This has made the software development platform to remove the controversial iOS source code though enough damage could have already been done. There are no details on how ZioShiba got the iBoot source code, but after seeing it, we're certain it's the real deal. In any case, Apple will have enough time to secure things up and might issue a patch to cover any risks posed by the leak.

While that sounds all well and good, this leak could have some serious ramifications for Apple's consumer base. Last year, a Reddit user named Apple_Internals posted the code, but at the time, it failed to gain the same amount of attention.

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