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Apple says DON'T fear about leaked source code - experts say DO

09 February 2018

The source code for a core component of the iPhone's operating system was posted to the software development platform GitHub; drawing a quick response from the tech giant.

(Web Desk) - Apple confirmed that some of the source code of its iPhone operation system (OS) was leaked and shared on third-party website Github.

IT security consultant/hacker Hector Martin downplayed how much of a security risk the iBoot leak could pose for Apple and its customers. While clarifying, the company said that the iPhone security doesn't rely on source code secrecy.

According to Apple's own usage share figures, seven percent of active iOS devices are current running iOS 9 or below.

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The code was for the outdated iOS 9, released in September 2015, but it is expected that parts of the code may still be in use underpinning the iPhone's security in later releases.

The code began with the statement: "This document is the property of Apple Inc".

The leak of the code- called iBoot - was reported by news site Motherboard.

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.

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It loads, verifies that the kernel - the "heart" of the operating system's code - is actually signed by Apple, and then executes the code and takes you to the lock screen.

Having access to such source code is one way for security researchers to find flaws in source code and report any bugs they might throw up that could potentially be exploited by hackers.

Apple security is multi-layered, but users should still update to the latest possible version of iOS to make sure they're protected.

Levin told Motherboard that, if the code is genuine, it may start circulating widely in the underground iOS jailbreaking community, which in turn might mean that the increasingly less popular jailbreaks may come back soon.

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"There are many layers of hardware and software protections built in to our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections", Apple said in its statement.

Apple says DON'T fear about leaked source code - experts say DO