Apple Uses DMCA Takedown Notice To Remove Leaked iOS Source Code

Apple throws take-down notice at Git Hub to remove leaked iBoot code

Apple throws take-down notice at Git Hub to remove leaked iBoot code

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.

Apple has been particularly cautious about releasing code to the public: only certain parts of its operating system are open-source, and the company runs a bounty program which pays $200,000 to anyone who finds a bug in its programming.

Yesterday, Apple's iBoot source code leaked online.

Motherboard asked Jonathan Levin - chief technology officer of software security firm Technologeeks and author of several books on the theme - what he thinks about the leak. Github was quick to comply with the request, and removed the iOS source code post from the repository of the user.

But leaks of this kind potentially open up the scope for iPhone hacking and no doubt a degree of furore will be churning away in communities that love nothing more than getting stuck into a piece of private code. However, others pointed to past, more serious leaks, such as that for Windows NT/2000, and noted that iOS researchers have already likely reverse-engineered considerable portions of Apple's code.

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The leak of the code- called iBoot - was reported by news site Motherboard. While Apple has said that the leak is essentially nothing for users to be concerned about, it makes one wonder whether Apple's ecosystem is as roughly locked down as once thought. But it's an obvious confirmation when they reacted so fast and asked GitHub to take down links with propriety and confidential data through the DMCA request.

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.

Apple's iOS source code has been a closely-guarded secret for some time, and many have argued that the company's closed ecosystem is what contributes the most to its strong security.

"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".

Apple confirmed in a statement that the source code had been posted online, but asserted it was three years old and that by design the security of their products aren't based on the secrecy of their source code.

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