Apple Uses DMCA Takedown Notice To Remove Leaked iOS Source Code

Kelley Robertson
February 11, 2018

According to reports, the post on GitHub featuring a source code for iPhone has already been taken down, following the copyright takedown request by Apple, which forced the site to remove it. Arxan Technologies VP of product, Rusty Carter says iBoot's leak 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. Rusty Carter, VP of Product at Arxan Technologies commented below. That's applies to this case in particular, since the leaked source code is said to contain documentation.

"It's only a matter of time before the release of this source code results in new and very stealthy ways to compromise applications running on iOS". It ensures that the mobile OS's kernel is approved by Apple and legitimate for use on an iPhone or iPad. The leaker hoped that the code would help the jailbreaking community circumvent Apple's notoriously hard to crack walled-garden mobile operating system.

The unnamed sources who received the code said while it's a huge deal, at least one of them "knew one day that if those kids [within Apple] got it they'd be dumb enough to push it to GitHub".

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.


However, talking to BBC, Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward said that security researchers and hackers will study the code to see whether there are any flaws in it that could lead to unauthorised access to the smartphones. Also, the reason this code is so vital as it is responsible for starting up an iOS device, or in other words, loads iOS in the first place each time the device is turned on.

Fortunately, numerous risks associated with the leak have been mitigated.

'Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, ' Apple CNET. "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 latest protections", the company told TechCrunch in a statement.

Again, the typical iPhone user is probably not in any danger, thanks to Apple's recent security upgrades on their devices. Some may say it won't make any difference but then Apple wouldn't have taken the trouble to take down the iBoot through a legal notice if it contains nothing that can work against its interest.

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