Apple plays down iPhone source code leak risk

10 February, 2018, 08:50 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Image iStock

Though the publication of iBoot was enthusiastically dubbed "the biggest leak in history" in the initial Motherboard report, the source code is believed to be from three-generations-old iOS 9.

Earlier this week an anonymous user posted the source code, the data that underpins Apple's iOS software, on the website GitHub, which is used by computer programmers to share code for websites, apps and software.

While the code's existence was brief, it sent ripples through the cybersecurity community, with one Mac and iOS expert calling it the "biggest leak in history". "It's a huge deal". Apple may have managed to get the Github post taken down, but since people already managed to get their hands on it, it is going to be almost impossible to contain completely.

Security researchers are still cautioning that the outdated code could give hackers an inside look into how Apple's secret boot software works. The source code is for a version of iOS 9, the operating system that debuted in 2015.

More news: Pope Francis prays for victims of Taiwan quake

According to Motherboard, this code actually appeared first on Reddit late a year ago before being posted to Github, but was initially ignored due to the user's short posting history. The repository has been removed, but there is still potential for damage to be done with the code.

Apple is notorious for keeping its source code close to its chest, but someone just leaked a heap of very sensitive code online. "But it has taken particular care to keep iBoot secure and its code private; bugs in the boot process are the most valuable ones if reported to Apple through its bounty program, which values them at a max payment of $200,000".

Apple has said that a major component of its iOS source code that was published on code-sharing site, GitHub, was old and is unlikely to pose a security threat to iPhone users.

Apple responded by filing a copyright takedown request with GitHub shortly after the breach, all but confirming that the leaked code was genuine. This could lead to new attacks and vulnerabilities for iOS, but jailbreaking might also come back. He also noted that it matches code that he had previously reverse engineered. That means the release of the source code could amount to a gold rush for many researchers.

Recommended:

  • PH gov't to seek other sellers if Canada refuses chopper deal

    PH gov't to seek other sellers if Canada refuses chopper deal

    The Canadian government is not OK with the helicopters being used for those "internal security operations", however. Those include extrajudicial killings, the destruction of homes, unlawful arrests and other alleged violations.
    General Motors Reports $5.2 Billion Loss on Charge for US Tax Reform

    General Motors Reports $5.2 Billion Loss on Charge for US Tax Reform

    It worsened, as 66 investors sold GM shares while 322 reduced holdings. 96 funds opened positions while 242 raised stakes. Earnings per share (EPS) is the portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock.
    Hyundai Santa Fe Revealed… here middle of the year

    Hyundai Santa Fe Revealed… here middle of the year

    This means the small lamps and large grille found on the Kona and i30 are making their way to the Santa Fe. It features refined lines that reinforce the car's status at the top of Hyundai's SUV lineup.
  • S Africa's Zuma clings on in face of uncertainty

    S Africa's Zuma clings on in face of uncertainty

    Opposition parties are demanding that a vote of no confidence be held to remove Zuma. Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas deny any wrongdoing.
    Georgia, Ohio State enter signing day vying for top class

    Georgia, Ohio State enter signing day vying for top class

    Georgia flipped five-star linebacker Quay Walker from Alabama and four-star linebacker Otis Reese from MI . Kirby Smart and Georgia ended the early signing period with the No. 1 class in the country.
    Carter Page: FBI 'shredded' Constitution by eavesdropping on him

    Carter Page: FBI 'shredded' Constitution by eavesdropping on him

    Page said he used that description in connection to meetings he held in advance of an worldwide summit about global energy issues. Page has said that he's never spoken to President Donald Trump despite his status as a foreign policy adviser.
  • Asian shares tumble after Dow has worst day since 2011

    Asian shares tumble after Dow has worst day since 2011

    In early Wednesday trading the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 228.25 points, or 0.92 per cent, at 25,141.02. That's an important metric because it excludes the impact of stores that have opened or closed recently.
    Terrorist Who Murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach, Hy

    Terrorist Who Murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach, Hy"d, Killed"

    Jarrar is thought to be behind the drive-by shooting attack that killed a Rabbi living in a nearby settlement of Haft Gilad. Twenty-one Palestinians have been killed since Trump's announcement, most in clashes with Israeli forces.
    Remembering the Munich Air Disaster

    Remembering the Munich Air Disaster

    Some surviving doctors and nurses involved in the treatment of manager Sir Matt Busby and his team were also in attendance. It is hoped as many as eight of the players who lined up through the schoolboy ranks with him will be there.
  • Trump orders big military parade in Washington

    Trump orders big military parade in Washington

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the president's desire for a massive parade reflects his pride in the military. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill that a parade "makes sense", with some caveats.
    King Announces Lobster Emoji Officially Coming Soon

    King Announces Lobster Emoji Officially Coming Soon

    The Unicode Consortium launched in 1988 with a mission to create worldwide standards for software and data. Maine's state crustacean will soon be one of the "emoji" pictograms available for electronic messaging.
    Look who are playing Harry and Meghan in new movie

    Look who are playing Harry and Meghan in new movie

    At this point, the only person who might be by her side is her mother, Doria Ragland, and her father, Thomas Markle, Sr. Grant said that she saw a lot of celebrities doing it, and they were taking it as a "photo opportunity".


Popular

United Nations alarmed by reports of Myanmar massacre
According to the Associated Press, Berset said the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar must be voluntary. The man said he wanted transparency, as well as to prevent such killings in the future, the report said.

Wynn Resorts Boss Quits After Sex Claims
The resignations come after numerous sexual harassment allegations against Wynn , leading to negative publicity for the company. The board of directors for Wynn Resorts announced it had accepted his resignation.

Kim Jong Un holds military parade before start of Olympics
"We clearly state that we don't have a willingness to meet with the U.S. side during our visit to South Korea ". The band were expected to perform a mix of South Korean pop songs from the 1980s, as well as North Korean music.

Chopping out asparagus might cease breast most cancers spreading
Dr George Poulogiannis , Dr Michel Wagner and PhD student Marc Olivier Turgeon worked on the research that took place at the ICR. ER-positive breast cancer, diagnosed in two-thirds of breast cancer patients, is fueled by the presence of estrogen in the body.

Hip-hop star Drake surprises Miami women's shelter with $50000 donation
Drake has been in Miami filming a video for his new song " God's plan " which has been killing it on the various airways. I applied to scholarships a year ago for which I had to write an essay.

At US outpost in Syria, US general backs Kurdish fighters
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said a fact-finding mission "is investigating all credible allegations". Rebel-held areas in Eastern Ghouta , meanwhile, continue to be a target of airstrikes, a Syrian monitoring group said .

Paris parade previews Trump's marching orders for DC
She said Trump wants the Pentagon to "explore a celebration" that will allow Americans to show appreciation for the military. Norman Schwarzkopf who leads the Desert Storm Homecoming Parade in Washington , D.C, June 8, 1991.

Syria conflict: United States in rare counter-strike after Deir al-Zour attack
At least 100 militants were killed in the Coalition's attack, a USA military official told reporters on Wednesday. No American troops were wounded or killed in the attack, however one SDF member was hurt.

The 'Freight Train' to Higher Yields Won't Be Derailed So Easily
Short-term Treasury yields will nearly certainly increase if the Fed sticks to its forecast for three hikes. Yet long-term interest rates remain low, thanks to monetary easing in the US and elsewhere.

Former Everton boss Ronald Koeman appointed as new manager of The Netherlands
As a player, Koeman wore Oranje 78 times, but he is now tasked with guiding Netherlands to Euro 2020 and then the World Cup. He has been appointed on a contract that will run until the 2022 finals in Qatar, which begin in November of that year.