Apple Source Code Leak Breaches Virtual Fort Knox Around iOS


This is good news for iPhone users, as the leaking of source code typically fuels new vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.

It wasn't just iBoot's code, however.

The very backbone of iOS devices, anyone with the knowledge and skills could dissect this code and develop a way to compromise certain iOS devices, gaining access to personal and financial data in the process.

The original Apple employee did not respond to our request for comment and said through his friend that he did not now want to talk about it because he signed a non-disclosure agreement with Apple. As one of the earliest components to start up, it has access to the entire system and the processes that run on it. While Apple has said that the leak is essentially nothing for users to be concerned about, it makes one wonder whether Apple's ecosystem is as roughly locked down as once thought.

"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 provided to TechNewsWorld by spokesperson Fred Sainz. Also, the reason this code is so vital as it is responsible for starting up an iOS device, or in other words, loads iOS in the first place each time the device is turned on. Apple keeps iBoot under a particularly close guard because of its low-level nature and role in the operating system.

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That said, there are many who are claiming this to be the biggest leak ever in the history of iOS or even Apple. They may be easier to find now the iBoot source has been distributed. "And now it's wide open in source code form".

Shortly after that article was posted, the publication updated its report to say that Apple had sent GitHub a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice demanding removal of the source code link.

Sky News has contacted Apple for a comment.

Apple dismissed these concerns on Friday, February 9, saying that the security of its devices was not dependent on whether or not the source code is public.

Other security analysts pointed out that some parts of the iBoot code may also appear in later versions of Apple's iOS software. Although the source was only available for a short time, it's likely that hundreds of people viewed and downloaded the material while it was available.

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