Late last night, a report surfaced that detailed a major leak for iOS 9’s “iBoot”, which, at the time, was labeled as the “biggest leak in history” in terms of Apple’s software.
Apple, unsurprisingly, doesn’t see it that way. Apple was quick to post a takedown notice to GitHub, where the source code was originally posted, but it didn’t necessarily confirm anything at the time. Now, in a statement to CNET, Apple not only confirms that the iOS 9 source code was leaked, but, in the end, it isn’t that big of a deal, namely because it’s three years old and updated software is secure by design:
“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,” Apple said in a statement.”
Apple does not appear to be phased by the revelation of iOS 9 source code, and, in fact, does not seem all that worried about it from any standpoint at all. With Apple pointing out that updating software is the quickest and easiest way to stay secure, and the fact that iOS 9 is just about three years old, there does not appear to be anything for the general consumer to be concerned about at this point.
This was a big story at the time, and for good reason: The leak of iOS 9’s iBoot is a big deal, because that sort of thing just doesn’t happen. However, the “biggest leak in history” probably could have been pulled back a bit, just for the simple fact that iOS 9 is aged, and there’s no way that Apple hasn’t changed things quite a bit under the hood by now.