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Apple has confirmed that the source code for iBoot from a version of iOS was posted on GitHub on Thursday, with the company forced to make the admission as it filed a DMCA takedown request to the hosting site.

In its DMCA takedown request, Apple said the material that had been posted to GitHub by an unknown individual was a "reproduction of Apple's 'iBoot' source code, which is responsible for ensuring trusted boot operation of Apple's iOS software".

"The 'iBoot' source code is proprietary and it includes Apple's copyright notice. It is not open-source," the request, filed by the legal firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton said.

Motherboard reporter Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai was the first to report about the existence of the source code on GitHub.

He noted at the time that the source was for iOS 9, an old version of the operating system, which is now up to version 11.

It is a smack in the face for Apple, which promotes as a company that has the best security in the business.

By the time the code was taken down, it was said to have spread to other sites.

The company played down the significance of the leak in a statement sent to a number of websites, among them TechCrunch.

“Old source code from three years ago appears to have been leaked,” the company said. “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.”

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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