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The source of the leak is unknown, but you can imagine Apple will be cleaning house to find the culprit.

The code was for the outdated iOS 9, released in September 2015, but it is expected that parts of the code may still be in use underpinning the iPhone's security in later releases.

The code leaked onto GitHub claims to be designed for iOS 9 but much of it is likely to be found in iOS 11, making the leak potentially unsafe to Apple's mobile software.

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However, Apple has now released a statement to address the growing unease of its customers worldwide.

Apple iOS and MacOS specialist Jonathan Levin told the website that the iBoot posting is "the biggest leak in history". As Motherboard first reported, the "iBoot" code is used to load Apple's iOS when users push the sleep/wake button. Some may say it won't make any difference but then Apple wouldn't have taken the trouble to take down the iBoot through a legal notice if it contains nothing that can work against its interest.

Ninety-three percent of users have downloaded iOS 10 or later, and 65 percent have downloaded iOS 11, which includes the latest protections, according to the company.

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It said that the iBoot source code is the part of iOS that is responsible for ensuring a trusted boot of the operating system.

Protecting such large repositories of source code is hard when many employees have access, Spanier said. According to Motherboard, a source at Apple claims that the company was already aware of the leak before it made it to GitHub, which would make sense, since it seems to have been passed around the jailbreaking community for some time already.

Despite these assurances from Apple, some security experts have warned iPhone and iPad users to secure their devices. "The code is for an older version of iBoot, but still could be used to help people jailbreak the system and find new ways to bypass controls or allow an attacker to develop an exploit against a vulnerability".

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iOS bootloader The leak could be of value to "jailbreakers" who install third-party software on iPhones and iPads. While Apple has responded that it's not an issue for the security of current products, some believe it could still be important in finding new vulnerability and bugs in iOS.

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