Apple Admits iPhone Source Code Was Leaked By Intern

An iPhone source code was leaked earlier this week on Github. The source code was for iBoot which is a core component of the iPhone’s operating system, mainly iOS 9. Even though the code was leaked, Apple isn’t worried about the potential iPhone security issues. 

The code was leaked by a former Apple intern who stole the code and shared it with a group of five friends to keep the iOS jailbreaking community alive. One of the friends said that the intern took “all sorts of Apple internal tools and whatnot,” which included additional source code that was not apart of the initial leak.

“I personally never wanted that code to see the light of day. Not out of greed but because of fear of the legal firestorm that would ensure,” they said. “The Apple internal community is really full of curious kids and teens. I knew one day that if those kids got it they’d be dumb enough to push it to GitHub.”

Apparently, the original plan was to keep the code among the small group of friends to continue jailbreaking Apple’s operating system. However, the code was spread beyond the small group sometime last year and was posted on different sites such as Discord and Reddit.

When the code was posted on GitHub this week, Apple demanded that the code be removed. According to Motherboard, Apple was aware of the code being leaked before it made it to GitHub, however, the company was not concerned about the possible security issues since the code was more than three years old.

“Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked, but by design the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code. There are many layers of hardware and software protections built into our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections.”

iOS users shouldn’t be too concerned with the latest iBook code leak since Apple has several layers of security protection like Secure Enclave to keep its users safe.

Source: MacRumors