IOS 9 Source Code Posted to GitHub in Unprecedented Leak

IOS 9 Source Code Posted to GitHub in Unprecedented Leak

Apple managed to keep it completely secret until now.

A user known as "q3hardcore" posted large segments of Apple's secure iBoot code to GitHub. When the leak was first uncovered, panic set it nearly immediately, with one security researcher going as far as to call it "the biggest leak in history".

Part of the iOS boot code, called iBoot, was posted on GitHub yesterday for anyone to view-and without Apple's permission.

Only 7% of users are still running devices with software older than iOS 10, which was released in 2016.

At best, the leaked code might lead to the discovery of vulnerabilities and creation of jailbreaks that will be confined to iOS 9. You can no longer find it on the original Github page, thanks to a Digital Millennium Copyright Act objection by Apple's attorneys, but it took us only a couple of minutes to find a copy.

'It's a huge deal, ' Jonathan Levin, who writes books about iOS system programming, said in an interview with Motherboard.

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Andy Kays, chief technology officer at British cybersecurity firm Redscan, told Sky News: "The release of the iBoot code demonstrates that vendors can't take it for granted that source code will always remain hidden". A flaw in the program could make iPhones open to a new wave of jailbreaking attacks.

Fortunately, numerous risks associated with the leak have been mitigated. Moreover, the code can also allow developers to emulate iOS on non-Apple devices.

'But by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code'.

Likewise, it is believed that the iBoot code could be the key to jailbreak existing iOS versions, including iOS 11.

The original leaker of this information is unknown, but sources have suggested that the first, or one of the first places this was posted was the post list of Reddit user u/apple_internals - other than GitHub, that is to say.

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. Part of the DMCA requirement for the request was Apple's assertion that the code is real and belongs to the company, and that it isn't in the public domain.

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