Secret Apple Code Posted On Github

Isaac Cain
February 10, 2018

Though iOS 9 is a dated version of the company's mobile operating system, it's possible that the leaked code could be used to jailbreak older devices or worse.

Apple's secrets were briefly revealed. Apple's more current iBoot code has been much harder to crack, but with iOS 9's iBoot code out in the open, and with perceived similarities to current versions of iBoot, hackers may be able to comb through the code, find vulnerabilities, and develop new jailbreaking technology.

Jonathan Levin, the author of a series of books on iOS and Mac OSX internals, called the leak "huge", speculating the code is now making rounds in the underground iOS jailbreaking community.

Now, this doesn't mean that there won't be any security effects of the leak, just likely not ones that will shake your personal iPhone to its core. Further, the company also issued a DMCA takedown for the code. The former employee apparently took "all sorts of Apple internal tools and whatnot", according to one of the individuals who had originally received the code, including additional source code that was apparently not included in the initial leak.

Various experts online agree with Carter, reporting the leak could pave the way for hackers to find flaws and bugs to enable them to crack or decrypt an iPhone.

The discovery of the iBoot source code on GitHub was first noticed by security website Motherboard.

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"Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code", Apple said in its statement.

An anonymous source posted on GitHub the private code of iBoot, the software that allows iOS to run on iPhones and iPads.

So what are the actual implications of this leak? "Any *serious* iOS researcher better have it fully reversed by now".

Motherboard originally reported the leak, reporting it as "the biggest leak in history".

"How did the code get leaked out?"

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 risky to Apple's mobile software. Microsoft warned at the time that anyone who searching for or sharing such code was engaging in illegal activity, and sent letters to that effect to people who had downloaded the code. "Where exactly it came from, no one is sure for now".

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