According to Motherboard and Redmond Pie reported that the iOS system source code used by the Apple iPhone has recently been someone leaked to GitHub. After analysis, people found that this part of the source seems to be related to iBoot (to ensure that the iOS operating system trusted boot this part). In fact, as early as a few months ago, someone had already been shared on Reddit. Just moving it to GitHub appearance again, aroused more people’s attention.
Foreign media Motherboard was confirmed after consulting security experts, this iBoot code seems to be legal, and it seems to belong to a version of iOS 9.
Although it does not really matter with the iOS 11.2.5 version currently in use, some of the code in iOS 9 may still exist in iOS 11.
However, we do not have to be too scared, after all, the newer iOS devices have been protected by the “Secure Enclave.”
In addition, GitHub leaked part of the lack of source code, it can not be completed. However, Twitter security experts said hackers and security personnel are expected to dig out loopholes in the iOS system and create jailbreak programs.
In addition to the iBoot code, the leaked information includes a document directory that provides additional information about the iBoot. Redmond Pie noted that this helps to easily find the bootrom vulnerability for the jailbreak for iPhone/iPad.
In recent years, Apple has partially opened up macOS and iOS, but iBoot has been the company’s carefully confidential content. Motherboard said Apple’s own loophole bounty program will pay up to $200,000 to people who spot vulnerabilities that safely launch firmware.