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Apple knew about iPhone source code leak

Apple knew about iPhone source code leak

According to these sources, the person who stole the code didn't have an axe to grind with Apple. The code, "iBoot", could potentially allow hackers to find security holes in the smartphone, enabling them to analyse Apple's code, replicating and manipulating it for malicious goal.

The code itself is from iOS9, and although the most current iOS is iOS11.2.5, the older code may still be used in the updated 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", the company told TechCrunch in a statement. However, others pointed to past, more serious leaks, such as that for Windows NT/2000, and noted that iOS researchers have already likely reverse-engineered considerable portions of Apple's code. Github was quick to comply with the request, and removed the iOS source code post from the repository of the user.

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But then, it was posted again to GitHub this week, which is when things snowballed to where they are now, with Apple ordering GitHub to remove the code. The leaked code contained information on the iPhone's boot up process and its security measures. "[iBoot] is responsible for ensuring trusted boot operation of Apple's ioS software".

As such, its leak has understandably caused concern among security experts and consumers alike.

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Thanks to the use of the Secure Enclave Processor chip in modern iPhones, jailbreaking iOS and accessing a phone's data has been made into an unattractive challenge by Apple. Here's hoping they plug the leak before something like the iOS 11 source code makes its way onto the internet. "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". That's applies to this case in particular, since the leaked source code is said to contain documentation.

Sky News has contacted Apple for a comment. It's not yet known who leaked the code and what their motives for leaking it was. There are no details on how ZioShiba got the iBoot source code, but after seeing it, we're certain it's the real deal.

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