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IPhone Source Code Leaked On GitHub Making 'iOS Jailbreak' Far Easier

IPhone Source Code Leaked On GitHub Making 'iOS Jailbreak' Far Easier

According to sister publication, Macworld, the iOS source code that was leaked online has since been pulled down from the GitHub site, but not before it was made available for others to obtain copies of it.

Levin also said that info gleaned from this leak could help bring back the possibility of tethered jailbreaks, which have been nearly impossible to perform due to all the security on recent iPhones. In fact, users who find bugs or vulnerabilities in the bootup process can receive as much as $200,000 as part of the company's bug bounty program, Motherboard reports. The code that found its way to GitHub is responsible for ensuring that a trusted boot of the operating system is performed. You can imagine the damage hackers can do to iPhone users if they find some nice little holes in iBoot thanks to the leak.

While the leak will probably not have any widespread repercussions for the vast majority of Apple device users, it will be of interest to those who want to sift through firmware code looking for unexplored ways to fiddle with iPhones and iPads. While this means not all the code will be entirely relevant to devices now updated to iOS 11, it is likely that some of the older code is still in existence within Apple's newest iteration.

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Jonathan Levin, author of several books on programming for iOS and macOS and the developer behind the LiberiOS and LiberTV jailbreaks said that, "This is the biggest leak in history. It's a huge deal".

He noted at the time that the source was for iOS 9, an old version of the operating system, which is now up to version 11. Currently, the leaked code can't be compiled as certain key files are missing but, this does mean that researchers and hackers can poke around for vulnerabilities.

Two researchers have confirmed to Motherboard that the code is indeed real as they were able to reverse engineer it. The code includes Apple's copyright notice - which was clearly visible when it was uploaded on GitHub. "It is not open-source". Apple's quick DMCA filing also strongly suggests the leak is real. "But by design the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code". These days, modders are more likely to sell the exploit than release it for free to the jailbreak community.


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