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

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

Sources close to the matter reveal that the employee meant only to share the source code to the jailbreak community as knowing it will make the process of jailbreaking easier and more achievable.

The code on GitHub was labelled "iBoot", which is a key cog of iOS responsible for making sure the operating system "boots up" safely and securely. "But the leak of this source code is proof that no environment or OS is infallible, and application protection from within the application itself is crucial, especially for business-critical, data-sensitive applications", says Carter.

Apple recently began using Secure Enclave processors that ensure greater security and made jailbreaking nearly obsolete.

However, Jonathan Levin, who wrote a series of books on iOS and Mac OSX internals, has described it as a "big deal" and the "biggest leak in history". Although Apple hasn't directly commented on the breach's authenticity, its expedited DMCA request strongly implies the source was genuine code.

According to these sources, the person who stole the code didn't have an axe to grind with Apple.

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.

"I was really paranoid about it getting leaked immediately by one of us", another one of the original people to receive the code said.

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Fortunately, numerous risks associated with the leak have been mitigated.

"By design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code", it said in a statement following Wednesday's distribution on GitHub.

Those contacts told the tech publication that the intern didn't have it out for Apple because of personal gripes, but rather that they convinced him to in order to contribute to security research they had been conducting.

Only 7% of iOS devices are using a version older than iOS 10, which was released in 2016, to Apple's website.

Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey, said it was "extraordinary" that the code had been leaked.

'There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections, ' the firm added.


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