Source code of iPhone leaked, confirms Apple

The critical secret code that allows iOS devices to boot up has leaked online -- and Apple has confirmed it's real

Apple may have just released iOS 11.3 beta 2, but the attention of world turned to the iOS source code that leaked to GitHub. However, as a precautionary measure, the company has removed the code from GitHub via a DMCA takedown notice.

The company said that the leak does not pose a security threat to users, insisting that "the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code".

The company wants its consumers to stay up to date with their iOS. Even though we're looking at an iBoot for the iOS 9.3, it doesn't mean that the loopholes or workarounds would be useless for the latest iOS versions.

In what is no doubt embarrassing for Apple, some portions of iOS source code have leaked online and the same could be hot property for hackers seeking to create jailbreaks of iOS devices.

According to Apple, 93 percent of its customers use iOS 10 or above. However, multiple copies of the code have already spread online.

iBoot code is essentially the first line of defense when booting up an iPhone. The iPhone maker has also confirmed the code posted at GitHub is real indeed, but it isn't clear yet as to how it got leaked or who is responsible for it either. 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. The security implications may have been small this time, but that may not be the case with a future leak.

According to Gizmodo, that same bit of code has been circulating the web since late past year, when a user uploaded it on Reddit.

While the iOS 9 is not the iPhone's current software, that's the iOs 13, it's safe to assume that some bits of it are still the same.

This is good news for iPhone users, as the leaking of source code typically fuels new vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. Once the phone is jailbroken, users are at will to run the software that are otherwise not allowed, or delete the apps that come preloaded on the device.

iBoot is part of the operating system that will enable the secure boot chain.

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