Key source code for iOS's iBoot leaked on GitHub

Key source code for iOS's iBoot leaked on GitHub

Apple's reputation as a provider of operating systems that are more secure than the alternatives is taking yet another hit, as Apple's iOS source code for the iPhone reportedly hs been posted on the web. As per security researchers, parts of this code exist in iOS 11, and it could help hackers to find flaws in iOS 11.

The leak could have implications for iOS security: it is responsible for launching a trusted boot of iOS. Think of it as the alarm clock for your device; when you first turn it on, the software that you usually run, like the operating system, isn't generally stored where a device can easily get at it and fire it up. It also loads and verifies that information is properly signed by Apple when your phone is booting up. Apple's nearly certainly tweaked significant portions of the available code since then, and the company's own numbers show that a large majority of users (93-percent) are running iOS 10 or later.

A source code for a key component of the iPhone's operating system was leaked online, potentially handing hackers coveted data which will make it easier to break into iOS.

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"This is the biggest leak in history", Jonathan Levin, an author of several book about iOS and Mac OSX's inner workings told reporters at Motherboard. "It's a huge deal".

Strafach echoed Apple's sentiment that the security of iOS devices doesn't depend on obscurity.

He continued on to suggest that the code appeared to be real iPhone source code because it aligned with the code he had reverse engineered himself. The iBoot source code first appeared on Reddit previous year, but didn't get much attention. But such a hypothetical vulnerability is unlikely to allow an attacker to bypass the cryptographic security on the iOS device itself, so it may be of less use to individuals trying to bypass a phone owner's password or PIN.

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According to Motherboard, which first reported the story, the code is labeled iBoot, and is likely the code for the bootloader in iOS.

Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

It is very likely that the code may have been spotted and was circulating in the jailbreaking and hacking community.

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