Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Apple says DON'T fear about leaked source code - experts say DO

Apple says DON'T fear about leaked source code - experts say DO

"iBoot is the one component Apple has been holding on to, still encrypting its 64 bit image", Levin explained.

Mr Kays said that Apple has taken important steps to improve the protection of its products "so users of its latest devices don't need to be unduly concerned by the release of the iBoot firmware".

Motherboard looked more into how the iOS source code was leaked.

In what is no doubt embarrassing for Apple, some portions of iOS source code have leaked online and the same could be hot property for hackers seeking to create jailbreaks of iOS devices.

Which, to the layman, seems like a big deal - but Apple says the source code that was leaked is outdated, meaning newer versions wouldn't be affected.

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Since Motherboard published the news, Apple has indeed confirmed that the code for its mobile phone operating system has been leaked online. In summary, it is the program that loads iOS, and is the first program that runs when an iOS device is booted up.

Andy Kays, chief technology officer at British cybersecurity firm Redscan, told Sky News: "The release of the iBoot code demonstrates that vendors can't take it for granted that source code will always remain hidden". First off, believe it or not, there are a ton of users out there who own Apple devices that are more than three years old; MacWorld says that almost 95% of Apple customers use older versions of iOS. As is now evident, it was within just hours of the revelation of the code that Apple has sent a legal notice requesting immediate removal of the same.

Yesterday an anonymous user posted what experts believed at the time to be the source code for a key component of the iPhone's operating system on GitHub.

iBoot is part of the operating system that will enable the secure boot chain. Last year, a Reddit user named Apple_Internals posted the code, but at the time, it failed to gain the same amount of attention. Instead, while working at Apple, they were encouraged to use their access to help their friends in the jailbreaking community with their security research by leaking them internal Apple code.

It is not known who has leaked the source code, but there is sure to be investigation at Apple HQ.

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