This is reportedly how Apple's embarrassing code leak went down

This is reportedly how Apple's embarrassing code leak went down

If you're running an older iPhone or iPad that's stuck on iOS 9, then you need to plan some sort of escape strategy following this week's leak of Apple's iBoot source code to GitHub. Rusty Carter, VP of Product at Arxan Technologies commented below.

Since Motherboard published the news, Apple has indeed confirmed that the code for its mobile phone operating system has been leaked online.

In a statement provided to our sister site CNET, Apple said that the code was three years old, and is only one part of its approach to security.

Two of the friends said they hadn't planned on the stolen code leaving their group, but that it nevertheless ended up being shared more broadly and hence out of their control. "Apple isn't prone to open-sourcing its code so most understanding of iOS" internals has been acquired through reverse-engineering attempts.

Motherboard quoted Jonathan Levin, an author of numerous books on iOS and macOS system programming, saying it was the biggest leak in Apple's history, and he's not far wrong.

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The revelations have rocked the White House , forcing questions about whether chief of staff John Kelly knew about the allegations .

Apple has led a bug bounty program in the past, offering researchers up to $200k to expose vulnerabilities in the boot process - meaning this leak could be another opportunity to strengthen security, depending on who gets their hands on it.

It contributes source code to the open source community, Apple pointed out.

A security expert said that the code appears to be genuine, although it refers to an older version of the system. There are also concerns it could uncover new security vulnerabilities in iOS, which may be found by attackers.

"Apple does not use security through obscurity, so this does not contain anything risky, just an easier to read format for the boot loader code", Strafach told TechCrunch. The leak is so significant because of the importance of iBoot's role to the wider iOS platform. "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". Now, in a rather unexpected twist, the publication says that the sensitive code was actually first leaked by an Apple intern.

Since the code that was leaked handles loading the OS, the bugs can be used for anything from enabling jailbreaks to loading something prior to the OS, Gorenc noted.

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