Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Apple's iBoot Source Code Got Leaked - A Fastboot for iOS Devices

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Apple, however, calmed the concerns saying the code is tied to old software and would not affect the devices.

"On the other hand, if this does result in more exploits, we'll end up with more secure devices in the long term as Apple fixes the discovered vulnerabilities".

However, copies of iBoot source code were made before GitHub took it down after the DMCA, so the code is still available for those who know where to look.

But then, it was posted again to GitHub this week, which is when things snowballed to where they are now, with Apple ordering GitHub to remove the code.

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

It said it always encouraged customers to keep up to date with operating system upgrades. Bugs in the iOS boot process are the most valuable ones to be covered by the company's bug bounty program, receiving a maximum payout of $200,000.

It could provide hackers with a treasure trove of information they could use to design new attacks against Apple's operating system iOS.


The code, known as iBoot, appeared on open source platform GitHub before being removed at Apple's request, and appeared to be from the company's iOS 9 software, which was released in 2015.

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

The original Apple employee did not respond to our request for comment and said through his friend that he did not now want to talk about it because he signed a non-disclosure agreement with Apple.

"The "iBoot" source code is proprietary and it includes Apple's copyright notice".

Apple has played down fears that leaked source code from an old version of its iOS operating system could compromise the security of some products. While Apple has said that the leak is essentially nothing for users to be concerned about, it makes one wonder whether Apple's ecosystem is as roughly locked down as once thought.

Motherboard confirmed that this particular source code began circulating more widely in 2017 with a fourth and fifth source who are familiar with the jailbreaking and iPhone research communities.

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