Apple: iBoot source code leak does not impact iPhone security

Jailbreak Might Be Easier Through iPhone Source Code Leak, Apple Claims Software Is Secured

However, it being an inherent software engineering process where existing codes have always originated or have evolved from codes in the past, hacking or such misadventure owing to the leak can't be ruled out entirely. This ensures the code on the phone that's being run originates from Apple.

Motherboard was the first to report the leak of the iOS source code, which was for an iOS process named "iBoot".

"While having access to source code does make it easier to find vulnerabilities, many iOS jailbreaks over the years have proved that it is not necessary".

It is also the same reason the code could be so important for the hacking community who are always on the lookout for vulnerabilities and loop holes in operating systems.

Some iOS source code got leaked at GitHub raising possible security or hacking concerns with devices now in use. First off, believe it or not, there are a ton of users out there who own Apple devices that are more than three years old; MacWorld says that almost 95% of Apple customers use older versions of iOS.

The confidential source code to Apple's iBoot firmware on iOS devices was leaked on GitHub.

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Yesterday an anonymous user posted what experts believed at the time to be the source code for a key component of the iPhone's operating system on GitHub. The former employee apparently took "all sorts of Apple internal tools and whatnot", according to one of the individuals who had originally received the code, including additional source code that was apparently not included in the initial leak.

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.

While the leak just gained mainstream attention this week, the code has been floating around for a while.

While the leak certainly isn't good for Apple, it could be worse.

However, Apple could have co-opted elements of its previous operating systems in the current software, so parts of the iOS 9 code may be used in iOS 11. Many people ignored it because the user had a short history of posts. In doing so, Apple further confirmed - under the penalty of perjury - the legitimacy of the source code.

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