April 19, 2018

Apple's iOS Code Has Been Leaked and Uploaded to GitHub

11 February 2018, 05:03 | Rudolph Thomas

Maricris Jose 3:49 PM

Maricris Jose
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A critical piece of the iPhone's operating system source code was leaked anonymously online on Wednesday, and now a former Apple intern has reportedly taken responsibility for it.

Apple has led a bug bounty program in the past, offering researchers up to $200k to expose vulnerabilities in the boot process - meaning this leak could be another opportunity to strengthen security, depending on who gets their hands on it.

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.

While only a portion of the iOS 9 code was released on GitHub, the part that was made public is important to the overall security structure of the operating system, according to Ryan Spanier, director of research at Kudelski Security. But, because this is the internet - copies of the closed-source code have resurfaced several times on GitHub repos all over the show, and if you want to find it and have a read - it probably isn't going to be that hard to find. The "iBoot" starts up the system when the iPhone is first turned on.

As of now, there is no information on how the anonymous user ZioShiba got hold of the iOS source code.

The situation ended with iBoot's appearance on GitHub. However, the user with the same handle is quite active on other platforms such as YouTube (talking about iOS hacks) and a Twitch account, notes DigitalTrends. Despite this danger, Apple has clarified that the source code was from the iOS 9 version, but did say that some iOS 11 aspects might still be affected.

"I was really paranoid about it getting leaked immediately by one of us", another one of the original people to receive the code said.

According to Gizmodo, that same bit of code has been circulating the web since late a year ago, when a user uploaded it on Reddit.

Along with attracting hackers, the iOS source code could also help tech-savvy consumers "jailbreak" their iPhones. The Cupertino, California-based uses a Secure Enclave processor to make jailbreaking nearly impossible, notes DailyMail.

In a statement provided to our sister site CNET, Apple said that the code was three years old, and is only one part of its approach to security.

Security experts are concerned that after the leak hackers could analyze it closely and find flaws that they could later exploit.

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