Leaked iOS supply code could also be largest leak in historical past

Allan Goodman
February 11, 2018

Reports of the stolen data first surfaced earlier this week after the exclusive computing language was found online on GitHub, a web-based hosting service where anyone can post computer code for communal use. After the code was stolen and leaked on Discord, one of the members said the group burned all the copies it had because the members thought it could be unsafe in the hands of someone with malicious intent.

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

A recent leak of iOS bootloader source code won't impact iPhone security, according to Apple.

Apparently, the source code was leaked by a low-level Apple employee who has already left the company a few years back.

"The "iBoot" source code is proprietary and it includes Apple's copyright notice".

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When an iPhone has been jailbroken, users can run software that's not typically allowed or delete applications that come pre-loaded on the device, also known as 'bloatware'.

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.

Security researchers are still cautioning that the outdated code could give hackers an inside look into how Apple's secret boot software works. In any case, Apple will have enough time to secure things up and might issue a patch to cover any risks posed by the leak.

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.

In a statement, the company said the security of the iPhone did not rely on "the secrecy of its source code". Apple also explained that its products have multiple layers of protection, so customers should be safe as long as they update to the latest version of the operating system (OS). The good news is that this leak could help the jailbreaking developers to have access to modifications in the deepest corners of the system, so it means we could tweak it some more! While Apple has said that the leak is essentially nothing for users to be concerned about, it makes one wonder whether Apple's ecosystem is as roughly locked down as once thought.

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