Apple, while a great American success story, is a company with a lot of problems. They outsource to nations which abuse their workers so badly that suicide nets needed to be erected in order to stop people from diving voluntarily to their deaths during their lunch break…if they get one. They have even slowed down the speed of older phones to mask flaws with charging and today, they get a dose of their own medicine.
On the heels of an Apple engineer posting “an internal HomePod build that contain plenty of iPhone X secrets,” someone posted “the source code for a key piece of the iPhone’s core software, called iBoot” has been leaked, according to BGR. We are taught that this is the “code that runs on the iPhone before iOS gets started” and that Apple never wanted that cat let out of their bag of secrets.
No one has any idea how this leak wound up on Github, but it did. This is already being called “the biggest leak in history” said security researcher Jonathan Levin as she spoke to Motherboard about the mishap.
The author of many books on iOS and MacOS said that is a “huge deal” since “iBoot is the one component Apple has been holding on to, still encrypting its 64-bit image. And now it’s wide open in source code form.”
It was said that the iPhone X, which may or may not be coming out this summer, is to cost about $999. Perhaps this is the kind of backlash that is seen when the buying public begins to get fed up.
Of course, the problem is that this hack is a jackpot for “security researchers and hackers looking for holes in Apple’s mobile operating system,” even though it is from the iPhone 9.
Apple swung into damage control and said in a statement that “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.”
The company’s own statistics tell us that “iOS 11 is installed on 65% of iOS devices, and iOS 10 accounts for 28%, with 7% running earlier versions.” So clearly, this could affect a very large number of users.
The fact is that Apple will always find some way to rebound from hacks, at least if they are going to survive in a world where even 15-year-olds in their bedrooms can pull of the impossible.
While this latest black eye is tended to, however, the tech giant would do well if they took a little of time to look for other less glaring problems, and fix them, as well.