In August 2019, Apple launched a lawsuit against corellium, the developer of iOS simulation software, accusing the company of illegally copying operating systems and applications running on iPhones and iPads. A new report by themedia, Motherboard, says the incident has deterred security researchers from using, sourcing, and even talking about Corellium.
In its complaint, Apple accused Corellium of simply copying everything from code, graphical user interface, icons, and so on.
Corellium initially responded that its software was designed to help security researchers more easily trace bugs on iOS’s mobile operating system, and that it would be beneficial to Apple itself.
It was followed by a lawsuit against security researchers, jailbreakrs and app developers, which it said was a declaration of war against the prison break.
While the legal battle between the two sides continues, Apple has at least succeeded in keeping many people away from Corellium’s software. Because Apple has been asking for information about its software customers, there are fears of retaliation from the company.
In an interview with Motherboard, a security researcher familiar with Corellium products said they were shuddering at Apple’s move.
The interviewee also asked not to be identified because he was not allowed to speak publicly to the media.
The researchers added: “We’re not sure if Apple is trying to do this, but from their attitude to Corellium, the likelihood of retaliation for software users is quite high.”
Many security researchers expressed similar concerns, while others declined to comment. Fearing retaliation from Apple, there are subsequent or many businesses that conduct legal reviews before using Corellium software.
Of course, not all security researchers are concerned. Elias Naur, for example, admitted to Motherboard that she was using Corellium to test iOS code written in The Go language, avoiding the hassle of testing on two worn-out devices.
Security researchers have also criticized Apple’s lawsuit against Corellium as an attempt to push down vulnerability research on iOS.