Apple's iBoot Source Code Got Leaked - A Fastboot for iOS Devices

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Although Apple hasn't directly commented on the breach's authenticity, its expedited DMCA request strongly implies the source was genuine code.

The code was for the outdated iOS 9, released in September 2015, but it is expected that parts of the code may still be in use underpinning the iPhone's security in later releases. The version posted on GitHub was supposedly iOS 9, a previous version of Apple's operating system. "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", Apple stated during the interview. Apple has already contacted the site to request the code's removal since previously iOS code has been a carefully guarded secret. The iBoot source code download which hit GitHub earlier this week has been described as the biggest leak ever but, according to insiders with knowledge of what took place, it came from a relatively humble source. Nearly all iPhone users are safe from any potential hacking borne from this leak, but even then, Apple still recommends keeping your OS updated.

The code has seemingly been taken from the "iBoot" part of the iOS, the part of the computer that begins to boot the operating system when it is turned on. According to Apple, over 93% of the users are already on the latest platform. That said, iBoot is highly sensitive code, and Apple apparently pays up to $200,000 under its bug bounty program to anyone who discovers bugs in the boot up procedure.

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As such, its leak has understandably caused concern among security experts and consumers alike. This means that updated devices are not completely at risk to vulnerabilities hackers might find in the source code. "The code is for an older version of iBoot, but still could be used to help people jailbreak the system and find new ways to bypass controls or allow an attacker to develop an exploit against a vulnerability". 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.

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

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