iOS source code leak could be the worst Apple’s ever had to deal with

“Apple is used to fighting leaks about its upcoming products and OS releases, but it’s never had to deal with anything like this before,” Michael Simon reports for Macworld. “An anonymous user on the popular code-sharing server GitHub has posted a major component of the iOS source code for all to see, and some experts are fearing it could be ‘the biggest leak in history.'”

“As first reported by Motherboard, the leaked code has since been pulled off the site but not before countless people were surely able to get their hands on it,” Simon reports. “Apple was forced to use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to get the code taken down, and as UW research scientist Karl Koscher mused on Twitter, the law essentially force Apple to admit that the code was real or else face perjury charges.”

“For the average user, there probably isn’t much to fear, at least not yet. To attack your phone using anything discovered in the iBoot leak, a hacker would likely need physical access to your phone and a bit of time to install a new OS on it,” Simon reports. “However, it does mean that hackers will be hard at work to find exploits in the code, as well as designers looking to emulate the iOS system.”

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MacDailyNews Take: In what is becoming all too routine, here’s yet another major embarrassment for Apple.

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    1. An “embarrassment” of course, but b/c of irresponsibility, or laxness? How could any company prevent this sort of leak? Does this necessarily mean a “re-write” of broad pieces of the software? A bitter worker, or more subversive?

  1. If I understand this correctly the leak wouldn’t have to come from inside Apple. “It’s so sensitive, in fact, that Apple shells out up to $200,000 to developers who find vulnerabilities, according to reports on the invitation-only program.”

  2. I read that all code used to be shared in home brew clubs until Microsoft (I think) demanded that it be given IP status. Perhaps this is a sharing by White Hat part of the Deep State combating a Black Hat part of the Deep State. We’ll see if Q gives us a hint about how it may fit into the draining of the swamp which seems to be occurring steadily.

  3. Now there is lots & lots of incentive for Apple to redesign their boot code to the most advanced code ever produced along with obfuscation & other methods to keep it secure.

    Yeah, that doesn’t stop a rogue programmer from copying code, but then again, maybe they put tags on all code that are randomly inserted in unnoticeable ways to track code that is copied by a particular user.

    Apple is certainly inventive and I suspect will become stronger because of this leak.

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