iPhone iBoot Source Code Leaked Online Sparking Security Headache For Apple
The leak could also make it easier for security researchers to find and report flaws to Apple. Apple, like many major companies, has a bug bounty program and for anyone who finds a fault in the boot process, the payout could be as much as $200,000. The code that found its way to GitHub is responsible for ensuring that a trusted boot of the operating system is performed. This is the very first program that runs when a user powers up their iPhone.
iBoot is described as the BIOS of the iPhone and is responsible for loading and verifying that the kernel is signed by Apple and then executes that kernel. The version of
Jonathan Levin, an author who penned a book series on iOS and Mac OS X, told Motherboard, "This is the biggest leak in history. It’s a huge deal."
Levin notes that the code appears to be real, a claim he bases on some code he