Apple's iOS source code is out in the wild, now what?

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However, making the code public could allow intrepid hackers to sniff around in iBoot and find their own vulnerabilities, only instead of reporting them to Apple, they could tap into the flaws and use them as vectors of attack against iOS. Rusty Carter, VP of Product at Arxan Technologies commented below.

Motherboard looked more into how the iOS source code was leaked.

It could also open up opportunities for savvy consumers to "jailbreak" their iPhones, or free their device from constraints imposed by Apple. However, no one from the group has confirmed leaking the code to any outsiders, and the identities of all five remain anonymous. "[iBoot] is responsible for ensuring trusted boot operation of Apple's ioS software".

In a statement to Apple Insider, Apple said: "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".

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

iBoot is the one component Apple has been holding on to, still encrypting its 64-bit image. now it's wide open in source code form.
The code is an extremely top secret, closed, proprietary, copyrighted and confidential to Apple - however apparently the dear gents on Reddit have been sliding it inbetween each other whom are probably in the cybersecurity industry or just those interested in using it for the likes of jailbreaking for at least, the last four whole months - and who knows how much longer it was circulating in private. 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. There are also concerns it could uncover new security vulnerabilities in iOS, which may be found by attackers.

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The code itself is from iOS9, and although the most current iOS is iOS11.2.5, the older code may still be used in the updated operating system.

Those contacts told the tech publication that the intern didn't have it out for Apple because of personal gripes, but rather that they convinced him to in order to contribute to security research they had been conducting.

"If Apple built iBoot securely, this leak should have little impact", he said.

Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey, said it was "extraordinary" that the code had been leaked.

'In terms of end users, this doesn't really mean anything positive or negative, ' security researcher Will Strafach TechCrunch.

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