Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

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

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Grady Vargas | 10 February, 2018, 09:49

Sure, security measures on current versions of iOS may provide protection from most, but pouring over lines of code could give hackers insights into vulnerabilities and potential weak spots that hackers were heretofore unaware of.

"If there's nothing wrong with the code, it doesn't matter that it's out there", he said.

Apple, as a general rule of thumb, keeps most of their source code private, which is why this phenomenon is certainly a rare problem for the tech giant.

The confidential source code to Apple's iBoot firmware on iOS devices was leaked on GitHub. As such, its leak has understandably caused concern among security experts and consumers alike.

It is also the same reason the code could be so important for the hacking community who are always on the lookout for vulnerabilities and loop holes in operating systems. Bugs in the iOS boot process are the most valuable ones to be covered by the company's bug bounty program, receiving a maximum payout of $200,000.

It is reported that Apple has in the past been reluctant to release source code to the public, although it has made certain parts of iOS and MacOS open source in recent years.

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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.

The code leaked onto GitHub claims to be designed for iOS 9 but much of it is likely to be found in iOS 11, making the leak potentially unsafe to Apple's mobile software.

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

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. This is not the first time the iOS source code has been leaked online.

"Apple does not use security through obscurity, so this does not contain anything risky, just an easier to read format for the boot loader code", Strafach told TechCrunch. The iPhone maker has also confirmed the code posted at GitHub is real indeed, but it isn't clear yet as to how it got leaked or who is responsible for it either.

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