iOS source code leaked on Github
It has been confirmed that a portion of Apple iOS source code leaked on Github which was later taken down after Apple filed takedown report with Github. This news was first reported by Motherboard, the source code included iOS process named “iBoot” that starts up the system when you first turn on your iPhone and ensures the code being run is valid and originates from Apple. Original posted link of Github is here, which is now taken down.
At least this much we all know that if something goes on the internet once, it can never be taken down that’s how it works. So, there are a couple of copies of backup are available on the internet already. This post on Reddit explains.
Jonathan Levin who writes books about iOS and MacOS said
“this is the biggest leak in [its] history.”
This can turn out in disastrous ways or maybe not, but many are assuming that this will help hackers breach the security of iPhone’s iOS. On the other hand, jailbreakers can now take advantage of this and get a good idea how iOS works and can manage to jailbreak latest iOS.
Things are just being made up from person to person, maybe this was already in under the hands of hackers and jailbreakers, but, all we know is that Apple felt insecure and took it down as soon as possible.
Acting lawyer of Apple said
“reproduction of Apple’s ‘iBoot’ source code, which is responsible for ensuring trusted boot operation of Apple’s iOS software.”
Taken down request said
“The ‘iBoot’ source code is proprietary and it includes Apple’s copyright notice. It is not open-source.”
Although the leaked code was for iOS 9 it could still lead to potential security breach as it will guide hackers with a proper roadmap.
Apple said to TechCrunch
“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. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products.”
In the defense company can say anything but, time will tell how bad it is for Apple.
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