Secret Apple Code Posted On Github

Secret Apple Code Posted On Github

The Cupertino giant may have not officially confirmed the alleged iOS source code leak but it has indirectly done so by sending a legal notice to GitHub, asking it to take the iBoot code down.

Leaking even part of the source code can facilitate the search for vulnerabilities in the boot loader, which can lead to new ways to jailbreak the device, said Leigh-Anne Galloway, cybersecurity resilience lead at Positive Technologies.

While only a portion of the iOS 9 code was released on GitHub, the part that was made public is important to the overall security structure of the operating system, according to Ryan Spanier, director of research at Kudelski Security.

Potentially "the biggest leak in history", Apple has closely guarded the computer code that forms the bedrock of any iOS device. It turns on the iPhone and then loads the lock screen.

Imagine that you have all your life savings, family photos, your address book with all your friends and family's details all locked up at your local bank.

Unfortunately for the company, copies of the code have already become available to many, and it remains to be seen if those prove to be disruptive to iOS devices. Would you be anxious?

"If there's an "exploit" coupled with the way the iPhone updates, it's possible to deploy operating systems on this device without the user being aware", said Dr Zander.

Apple though ruled out any such possibility claiming the iBoot process that has got leaked pertains to iOS 9.

While the source code could have been leaked using malware on a developer machine, the more likely scenarios range from a mistaken leak, or a deliberate leak by an employee or a third-party who had access to the code, he told TechNewsWorld. "Apple isn't prone to open-sourcing its code so most understanding of iOS" internals has been acquired through reverse-engineering attempts. Indeed the intention was never to leak it, multiple people involved insist. Those involved originally say they did all they could to delay a leak until the chance of that coming true was minimized by virtue of new versions of iOS being released. "This may not be the end".

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

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