Published: Fri, February 09, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Apple iOS source code gets leaked at GitHub raising security concerns

Apple iOS source code gets leaked at GitHub raising security concerns

(Web Desk) - Apple confirmed that some of the source code of its iPhone operation system (OS) was leaked and shared on third-party website Github.

In what is no doubt embarrassing for Apple, some portions of iOS source code have leaked online and the same could be hot property for hackers seeking to create jailbreaks of iOS devices.

But even if the code leak is not a security risk, the mere fact that it made its way into the outside world is something that Apple will be deeply concerned about.

The source code for one of the most secretive parts of the iPhone's operating system appears to have been leaked online. The current iOS version in vogue is iOS 11, and hence all devices running the latest iOS version can be considered perfectly safe. According to Apple, over 93% of the users are already on the latest platform. "It is not open-source", read the takedown request.

iBoot code is essentially the first line of defense when booting up an iPhone. It ensures that the code being run is valid and is from Apple only. There are no details on how ZioShiba got the iBoot source code, but after seeing it, we're certain it's the real deal. Before the iBoot leak, ZioShiba had been inactive on GitHub for at least seven months.

This is good news for iPhone users, as the leaking of source code typically fuels new vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.

Some iOS source code got leaked at GitHub raising possible security or hacking concerns with devices now in use. "This can be useful not only to advanced users of devices, but also to criminals". The security implications may have been small this time, but that may not be the case with a future leak. The Cupertino, California-based uses a Secure Enclave processor to make jailbreaking nearly impossible, notes DailyMail.

Apple tends to keep its source code secret, because the code can provide insight into system vulnerabilities.

"Apple does not use security through obscurity, so this does not contain anything risky, just an easier to read format for the boot loader code", Strafach told TechCrunch.

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