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 is also the same reason the code could be so important for the hacking community who are always on the lookout for vulnerabilities and loop holes in operating systems. Arxan Technologies VP of product, Rusty Carter says iBoot's leak could potentially allow hackers to find security holes in the smartphone, enabling them to analyse Apple's code, replicating and manipulating it for malicious objective. Also, the reason this code is so vital as it is responsible for starting up an iOS device, or in other words, loads iOS in the first place each time the device is turned on.
Apple has issued a takedown notice to GitHub after the source code for the iBoot component of iOS was leaked and posted on the code-sharing website.
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According to these sources, the person who stole the code didn't have an axe to grind with Apple. Here's hoping they plug the leak before something like the iOS 11 source code makes its way onto the internet.
Apple though ruled out any such possibility claiming the iBoot process that has got leaked pertains to iOS 9. "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.
Sky News has contacted Apple for a comment.
While the leak just gained mainstream attention this week, the code has been floating around for a while. Many people ignored it because the user had a short history of posts.
He continued: "iBoot is the one component Apple has been holding on to, still encrypting its 64-bit image. now it's wide open in source code form".