Apple has filed a lawsuit against Corellium for copyright infringement and for illegally replicating iOS and its system apps.
Corellium is a virtualization company which claims it is the first in the market to offer iOS, Android and Linux virtualization on ARM. It allows users to use a virtual iPhone running iOS right from within their browser.
This is incredibly handy for developers looking to test new apps, security researchers, and advanced users who might not have access to a physical iOS device. It is also handy to have when there is a real chance of one bricking their device during development. In a virtual environment, one can simply boot into a new environment.
Before founding Corellium, its co-founders were popular in the jailbreaking community.
Corellium’s business is based entirely on commercializing the illegal replication of the copyrighted operating system and applications that run on Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices. The product Corellium offers is a “virtual” version of Apple mobile hardware products, accessible to anyone with a web browser.
Specifically, Corellium serves up what it touts as a perfect digital facsimile of a broad range of Apple’s market-leading devices–recreating with fastidious attention to detail not just the way the operating system and applications appear visually to bona fide purchasers, but also the underlying computer code. Corellium does so with no license or permission from Apple.
Apple claims in the lawsuit that Corellium offers a replicate of its OSes without any license or permission from it. Apple further alleges that while Corellium is positioning its product for research purposes, it does not require users to reveal any bugs to it that they may come across. Instead, “Corellium encourages its users to sell any discovered information on the open market to the highest bidder.” In fact, the company even alleges in the lawsuit that Corellium provided the developers behind Unc0ver jailbreak with access to their platform so they could test the exploit “on any device running any firmware.”
This part though sounds wildly misleading. First, unc0ver is a jailbreak, not an exploit. None of the unc0ver developers developed any of the exploits used in the app. pic.twitter.com/8fojoD6440
— Siguza (@s1guza) August 16, 2019
Apple wants Corellium to destroy all of its IP, compensate it for damages incurred, and permanently remove its iOS virtualization service as a part of the lawsuit.