Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Secret iPhone code posted on-line is 'largest leak in historical past'

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Plus, the source code has some files missing, meaning it can't be compiled, but other experts said on Twitter that it could still enable hackers to find exploits and create jailbreaks. According to Motherboard, it was down to a "low-level Apple employee" who worked at the company in 2016, around the time of iOS 9.

The iPhone source code has leaked into GitHub, thus a lot of jailbreak enthusiasts think that the release of jailbreak tools will be made easier.

The leak released the source code for iBoot, the very first program that runs when a device is turned on. Also, it's the key to upholding the reliability of the operating system. The source of the leak is unknown, but you can imagine Apple will be cleaning house to find the culprit. It's responsible for doing all manner of security checks, as well as choosing which software to load.

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Although initially published to a repository on programming website GitHub, the code has now been replaced with a copyright notice - with some suggesting this may prove its authenticity. The leak involves proprietary information that Apple works hard to keep secret. Nonetheless, at some point there were just too many shared copies involved, and the group lost control over who would have access. That's applies to this case in particular, since the leaked source code is said to contain documentation. Even though the leaked iBoot code is from iOS 9, it may still be relevant to security researchers and hackers looking for holes in Apple's mobile operating system. "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 protections".

Nonetheless there are concerns among some that the code could be "weaponized" by people with nefarious intent. Here's hoping they plug the leak before something like the iOS 11 source code makes its way onto the internet. It's unclear at this stage whether Apple is working on hunting down the original person responsible, though given the company's attitude toward secrecy that doesn't seem an unlikely thing to happen.

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