Media reported that Apple recently filed a new complaint against an iOS virtualization service provider called Corellium, accusing the company of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). In fact, as early as August 2019, Apple filed an infringement complaint against Corellium, saying that the company’s iOS virtualization technology violated Apple’s ownership of its own software code.
(Image via TheVerge)
The two sides have been locked in a long-term tug-of-war over the matter, but the recent allegations have further widened the case. Apple believes that the virtualization software sold by Corellium should be seen as a illicit traffic in copyrighted goods.
In its revised complaint, Apple said Corellium’s business revolves around illegal commercial reproduction of copyrighted operating systems and apps running on apple iPhones, iPads and other devices.
The company simply and brutally copied everything, including code, graphical user interfaces, icons, and so on, and provided users with the tools to do so.
Corellium’s virtualization software is known to allow users to rerun iOS simulations in a controlled Trone environment.
In the absence of a regular connection, the program does not enable the phone feature, but it allows researchers to learn more about the performance of specific software on iOS.
This feature is quite useful in the study of malware, such as the recent rediscovery of surveillance-related protocols in the ToTok app in the United Arab Emirates.
In a statement filed after the filing, Corellium argued that the move was only part of apple’s broader effort to crack down on jailbreaks. Amanda Gorton, CEO of the company, says:
To combat jailbreak, Apple is taking legal action in a new way. But in the industry, many developers and researchers rely on jailbreaks to test the security of their own applications and third-party apps.
Testing must be done with jailbreak devices, but both the end user and Apple itself have benefited directly or indirectly from the jailbreak community in a variety of ways.
Apple did not comment on the matter. In terms of the market, however, the early popularity of prison break-out among consumergroups has declined significantly in recent years, and there are few organizations willing to to toss iOS jailbreaks.
Most of the current common jailbreaks are implemented through Apple’s enterprise certificate system, but this is still within the basic architecture of iOS.
Of course, the search for a breakthrough will not end there, such as the “Checkm8” Bootrom vulnerability that came to light last September.