Since most of the iPhone users are now using iOS 10 or above, the source code breach of iOS 9 will not do any harm to the majority of the people. Rusty Carter, VP of Product at Arxan Technologies commented below. But for the jailbreaking community, if the iBoot source code gets to the right people, the hack would be used to a deeper jailbreak of your iPhone to the point where you could load up custom OS files instead of iOS.
"It's only a matter of time before the release of this source code results in new and very stealthy ways to compromise applications running on iOS".
The unnamed sources who received the code said while it's a huge deal, at least one of them "knew one day that if those kids [within Apple] got it they'd be dumb enough to push it to GitHub". "Having the iBoot source code and not being inside Apple ... that's unheard of". Despite this danger, Apple has clarified that the source code was from the iOS 9 version, but did say that some iOS 11 aspects might still be affected.
Plus, Apple said the leaked code is three-years-old, so there is no need to panic.
"There are many layers of hardware and software protections built in to our products, and we always encourage customers to update to the newest software releases to benefit from the latest protections", the statement from Apple read.
Those contacts told the tech publication that the intern didn't have it out for Apple because of personal gripes, but rather that they convinced him to in order to contribute to security research they had been conducting.
Unfortunately for the company, copies of the code have already become available to many, and it remains to be seen if those prove to be disruptive to iOS devices. It ensures that the code being run is valid and is from Apple only.
Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey, said it was "extraordinary" that the code had been leaked.
Thanks to the use of the Secure Enclave Processor chip in modern iPhones, jailbreaking iOS and accessing a phone's data has been made into an unattractive challenge by Apple.
However, according to the security researcher Will Strafach, for the end users it does not really mean anything positive or negative.