Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Apple Source Code For iBoot Gets Posted Online

iOS 11.3 will let iPhone users switch off Apple's performance throttling 'feature' The critical secret code that allows iOS devices to boot up has leaked online -- and Apple has confirmed it's real
Troy Mann | 10 February, 2018, 01:50

Although Apple hasn't directly commented on the breach's authenticity, its expedited DMCA request strongly implies the source was genuine code. The code, "iBoot", could potentially allow hackers to find security holes in the smartphone, enabling them to analyse Apple's code, replicating and manipulating it for malicious objective. "There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the protections".

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.

An initial report from Motherboard said that the code could be retrieved on GitHub, a hosting service for software developers to publish and share code.

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.

Ninety-three percent of users have downloaded iOS 10 or later, and 65 percent have downloaded iOS 11, which includes the latest protections, according to the company.

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Despite these assurances from Apple, some security experts have warned iPhone and iPad users to secure their devices.

It said that the iBoot source code is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system.

"This is the biggest leak in history", Motherboard reported Levin told them, confirming that the code - whose source is unknown - may be legit. A flaw in the program could make iPhones open to a new wave of jailbreaking attacks. As security researcher and penetration tester Dan Tentler pointed out over email, "ask yourself this: would [Apple] release a press statement saying the sky is falling and that this [iBoot] leak will allow people to break into [iPhones] easier?" While Apple has responded that it's not an issue for the security of current products, some believe it could still be important in finding new vulnerability and bugs in iOS. "And now it's wide open in source code form".

In 2004, for example, millions of lines of code were leaked for Microsoft's Windows NT and 2000 operating systems.

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