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Apple is notorious for keeping its source code close to its chest, but someone just leaked a heap of very sensitive code online.

While Apple has confirmed that recently leaked iOS 9 iBoot source is authentic, the company has dispelled any concerns users may have about the leak compromising iPhone security. Fortunately, Apple said, most iPhones and iPads now run on iOS 10 and iOS 11, indicating that any exploits to be found on the iBoot process will no longer see comprehensive usage.

iBoot is described as the BIOS of the iPhone and is responsible for loading and verifying that the kernel is signed by Apple and then executes that kernel.

The code was for the outdated iOS 9, released in September 2015, but it is expected that parts of the code may still be in use underpinning the iPhone's security in later releases.

As per Motherboard, Jonathan Levin, an iOS and macOS expert, has called it the "biggest leak in history". The company insisted there is no security threat following the leak, which could lead to the discovery of system vulnerabilities and creation of iOS jailbreak. The jailbreaks used to be easier to implement on iPhones and were much more common years ago, however the process has gotten more hard through more advanced iOS devices. The first report hailed the source code spill as the "greatest hole ever" in light of one specialist's depiction, yet Apple has altogether made light of any dangers related with the hole while apparently affirming its validness.

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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.

Apple is well known for keeping a notoriously tight grip on the code powering its iPhones, only rarely revealing the inner workings to the public.

He continued on to suggest that the code appeared to be real iPhone source code because it aligned with the code he had reverse engineered himself.

Interestingly, the same source code was also published on Reddit four months earlier by a user named apple_internals. These days, modders are more likely to sell the exploit than release it for free to the jailbreak community.


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