Published iPhone Source Code Is The 'Biggest Leak In History'
10 February, 2018, 09:50 | Author: Myrtle Cook
First off, believe it or not, there are a ton of users out there who own Apple devices that are more than three years old; MacWorld says that almost 95% of Apple customers use older versions of iOS.
The code was for the outdated iOS 9, released in September 2015, but it is expected that parts of the code may still be in use underpinning the iPhone's security in later releases. Apple itself seems unconcerned about the potential security issues, with the company noting in a statement that the code is already three years old and that "the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code".
The code, known as iBoot, appeared on open source platform GitHub before being removed at Apple's request, and appeared to be from the company's iOS 9 software, which was released in 2015.
Motherboard's Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai reported on Wednesday that someone posted the iBoot source code on a GitHub repository.
Both of our sources say they believe that someone not associated with the original leak ultimately posted it on GitHub: "What leaked yesterday isn't even the full leak really". However, multiple copies of the code have already spread online.
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"On the other hand, if this does result in more exploits, we'll end up with more secure devices in the long term as Apple fixes the discovered vulnerabilities".
Motherboard quoted Jonathan Levin, an author of numerous books on iOS and macOS system programming, saying it was the biggest leak in Apple's history, and he's not far wrong. This means that updated devices are not completely at risk to vulnerabilities hackers might find in the source code.
While the leak just gained mainstream attention this week, the code has been floating around for a while. Once the phone is jailbroken, users are at will to run the software that are otherwise not allowed, or delete the apps that come preloaded on the device.
Motherboard confirmed that this particular source code began circulating more widely in 2017 with a fourth and fifth source who are familiar with the jailbreaking and iPhone research communities.
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