IPhone source code leaked as anonymous developer posts iOS bootloader to GitHub

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Jonathan Levin, an author of books on iOS and Mac OSX, told the publication that it is "the biggest leak in history".

According to Levin, the code looks real, as it matches the code he reverse engineered, Motherboard reported.

Apple source code for iBoot, the part of iOS that ensures an authenticated boot, or initial loading of the operating system on iPhone or iPad, has been leaked by an anonymous user on GitHub, a popular online platform for software developers.

The Reddit user who posted the code was relatively new to the website, so the code was subsequently buried relatively quickly. While GitHub removed the code, it was up for several hours and is now circulating elsewhere on the Internet. The leak could pave way for hackers to identify vulnerabilities in the iOS and take advantage of it. Now, it's almost impossible for hackers to even find bugs in iOS code, making iOS exploits relatively rare, unlike in Windows and Android. Apple has issued a DMCA takedown notice for the code and Github has disabled the repository that was hosting it; however, it's already out there.

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iBoot loads and verifies that the kernel is properly signed by Apple before executing it.

The good news is that the people most likely to find mistakes are technical researchers: Apple tends to keep its source code away from the larger computer science community, which isn't common practice. The release of legitimate source code can greatly increase the chances of a payday for intrepid security researchers. Bugs targeting the boot process can get hackers up to $200,000 from Apple's bug bounty program, and possibly much more from zero-day aggregators.

As Macrumors points out, modern iOS devices have Secure Enclave processor protection, which hardens device security. While this means not all the code will be entirely relevant to devices now updated to iOS 11, it is likely that some of the older code is still in existence within Apple's newest iteration.

The iBoot dump first appeared previous year on Reddit, but received little notice from the security community until it hit Github.

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