Since most of the iPhone users are now using iOS 10 or above, the source code breach of iOS 9 will not do any harm to the majority of the people. Sure, security measures on current versions of iOS may provide protection from most, but pouring over lines of code could give hackers insights into vulnerabilities and potential weak spots that hackers were heretofore unaware of. The version posted on GitHub was supposedly iOS 9, a previous version of Apple's operating system.
In a statement to Apple Insider, Apple said: "Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code".
The confidential source code to Apple's iBoot firmware on iOS devices was leaked on GitHub. There are no details on how ZioShiba got the iBoot source code, but after seeing it, we're certain it's the real deal. However, multiple copies of the code have already spread online.
"Apple iOS is widely viewed as the most trusted mobile operating system out there". The codes have since been removed after Apple asked for it claiming that it is proprietary material and is not meant for open circulation on the web.
Mr Kays said that Apple has taken important steps to improve the protection of its products "so users of its latest devices don't need to be unduly concerned by the release of the iBoot firmware".More news: Schiff and senior Obama intelligence figures are 'liars and leakers'
"But Apple should be anxious because if somebody has got hold of that, what else have they got?" However, the user with the same handle is quite active on other platforms such as YouTube (talking about iOS hacks) and a Twitch account, notes DigitalTrends. Essentially, it is like the BIOS code found in PCs.
While the leak just gained mainstream attention this week, the code has been floating around for a while.
Along with attracting hackers, the iOS source code could also help tech-savvy consumers "jailbreak" their iPhones. According to research scientist Karl Koscher, by issuing a DMCA takedown order, Apple faced perjury charges if the code wasn't authentic.
He continued: "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".