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The source code for one of the most secretive parts of the iPhone's operating system appears to have been leaked online.

But then, it was posted again to GitHub this week, which is when things snowballed to where they are now, with Apple ordering GitHub to remove the code. Instead, while working at Apple, they were encouraged to use their access to help their friends in the jailbreaking community with their security research by leaking them internal Apple code.

Exactly what hackers are able to do with the leaked iBoot will depend on what security flaws are present in the source code, if those flaws have been retained in new versions of the operating systems, and whether those flaws can be exploited. Apple keeps iBoot under a particularly close guard because of its low-level nature and role in the operating system.

According to Apple's own numbers, 93% of users are running iOS 10 or later - software which also may no longer use the code. Apple, however, calmed the concerns saying the code is tied to old software and would not affect the devices. Although Apple hasn't directly commented on the breach's authenticity, its expedited DMCA request strongly implies the source was genuine code. "It is considered confidential and proprietary". 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.

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"It's only a matter of time before the release of this source code results in new and very stealthy ways to compromise applications running on iOS".

Mr Kays said that Apple has taken important steps to improve the protection of its products "so users of its latest devices don't need to be unduly concerned by the release of the iBoot firmware".

Apple though ruled out any such possibility claiming the iBoot process that has got leaked pertains to iOS 9.

In a statement to CNET, Apple explained that the leaked source code is from iOS 9 - which is over two years old - so any potential security vulnerabilities discovered in it may have already been fixed in the present day.


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