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Secret iPhone operating system code leaked online

Secret iPhone operating system code leaked online

iBoot is the name of an Apple firmware that is present in iDevices such as iPhones and any other iOS operated devices and the confidential source code has recently found itself publish onto someone's public GitHub repository.

"Apple iOS is widely viewed as the most trusted mobile operating system out there".

Apple has bad news for their more than 700 million iPhone users around the globe.

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.

Despite being tied to the outdated iOS 9, the code could make it easier for hackers to find vulnerabilities that would allow them to decrypt an iPhone. According to Apple, over 93% of the users are already on the latest platform.

Two researchers have confirmed to Motherboard that the code is indeed real as they were able to reverse engineer it. Jonathan Levin, the famous author of books on iOS and Mac OSX internals claims this leak to be the "biggest leak in the history".

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The code appeared online on Wednesday, and quickly surprised Apple-watchers with just what had been publicly released. iBoot is Apple's bootloader, one of the earliest processes which launches when you first power up an Apple device.

Leaking even part of the source code can facilitate the search for vulnerabilities in the boot loader, which can lead to new ways to jailbreak the device, said Leigh-Anne Galloway, cybersecurity resilience lead at Positive Technologies.

"However, this is a big blow to iOS security as iBoot is critical to the secure boot process on the phone", Spanier continued. This corroborates with Motherboard's verification that additional source code and file names that were not part of the GitHub leak were spotted in screenshots of the code.

Those contacts told the tech publication that the intern didn't have it out for Apple because of personal gripes, but rather that they convinced him to in order to contribute to security research they had been conducting. "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 protections".

Although Apple says the leak isn't much to worry about, it still took steps to take the iBoot code off of the internet.

The code began with the statement: "This document is the property of Apple Inc".


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