IPhone source code was reportedly leaked by former Apple employee

Leigh Mccormick
February 11, 2018

ZioShiba, a GitHub user, has posted the iBoot source code for iOS 9.3 and soon had to take it down after Apple has made a DMCA request. Rusty Carter, VP of Product at Arxan Technologies commented below. The leak was traced back to a "low-level" Apple employee who shared the source code with a small group of friends that were in the jailbreaking community. The codes have since been removed after Apple asked for it claiming that it is proprietary material and is not meant for open circulation on the web. "Not out of greed but because of fear of the legal firestorm that would ensue", said one of the friends who originally received the code. "[iBoot] is responsible for ensuring trusted boot operation of Apple's ioS software". "An attacker can look at how Apple has documented their fuzzing process and look for bugs outside of that process, specifically so that the bugs they find will last longer". A key iPhone code has just been revealed, in what some are calling the biggest leak in history.

The former Apple intern reportedly took "all sorts of Apple internal tools and whatnot", along with the iOS source code, according to one of the people who first received the code.

Apple released a statement earlier this week stating that the company is not concerned about the potential security issues that could stem from this source code becoming public.

"I was really paranoid about it getting leaked immediately by one of us", another one of the original people to receive the code said.

However, talking to BBC, Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward said that security researchers and hackers will study the code to see whether there are any flaws in it that could lead to unauthorised access to the smartphones.

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'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 firm added.

Again, the typical iPhone user is probably not in any danger, thanks to Apple's recent security upgrades on their devices.

Apple has ordered GitHub to remove the code, although it still likely remains on several other platforms on the internet, specifically resources and portals used by the jailbreaking community.

Apple keeps code like this firmly under lock and key, in a form of 'security through obscurity', as it is essential to the core functionality of iOS.

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