Someone just leaked a critical source code for the iPhone on GitHub, opening Apple's iOS operating system to hackers for potential exploits and vulnerabilities. In doing so, Apple further confirmed - under the penalty of perjury - the legitimacy of the source code.
According to Motherboard, the intern who stole the code took it and distributed it to a small group of five friends in the iOS jailbreaking community in order to help them with their ongoing efforts to circumvent Apple's locked down mobile operating system.
What's interesting about the leak is that it was first posted on Reddit about a year ago, but it went largely unnoticed.
Apple later issued a statement confirming the iBoot source code leak, but the company said the code was 3 years old and added that, "by design, the security of our products doesn't depend on the secrecy of our source code". The leak involves proprietary information that Apple works hard to keep secret.
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The bottom line is that anything still running iOS 9 is already vulnerable (there have been loads of iOS security fixes released since iOS 9 support ended) so you're already skating on thin ice. The source code appears to be for the iOS 9 version of iBoot, a stage 2 bootloader that verifies a device's iOS kernel and enables operation in Recovery Mode. For so long, these codes have been well kept under wraps, as Apple has been very hesitant on sharing them openly with the public. iBoot, in particular, is a highly critical component. The code's widespread availability on GitHub means that hackers likely already have their hands on it.
Security researcher Karl Koscher noted on Twitter early this morning that, to invoke DMCA protections, Apple had to state, "under penalty of perjury, that the iBoot source code was legit".
Which, to the layman, seems like a big deal - but Apple says the source code that was leaked is outdated, meaning newer versions wouldn't be affected. Still, the code that was leaked can't be compiled since bits of it are missing.
Only time will tell whether or not something will come from the leak many tech professionals are calling "the biggest leak in history".