S5L File Formats

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This was the file format used prior to iPhone OS 2.0. For iPhone OS 1.1.x, IMG2 files were encrypted with Key 0x837. IMG2 files can only be parsed by an iBoot in firmwares prior to iPhone OS 2.0 beta 3, or the S5L8900 VROM. The S5L8720 and newer bootroms have no support for it.


This is the file format used by the S5L8900. Usually this wraps around an IMG2 file. It can only be parsed by an iBoot in a firmware version less than 2.0 beta 3, or the S5L8900 VROM. The S5L8720 and newer have no support for it.


typedef struct {
    uint8  magic[4];              // string "8900"
    uint8  version[3];            // string "1.0"
    uint8  format;                // plaintext format is 0x4, encrypted with GID Key format is 0x3,
                                  //   boot plaintext is 0x2, boot encrypted with UID-key is 0x1.
    uint32 unknown1;
    uint32 sizeOfData;            // size of data (i.e: file size - header(0x800) - footerSig(0x80) - footerCert(0xC0A))
    uint32 footerSignatureOffset; // offset to footer signature (relative to end of header)
    uint32 footerCertOffset;      // offset to footer certificate, (relative to end of header)
    uint32 footerCertLen;
    uint8  salt[0x20];            // a seemingly random salt for the signature
    uint16 unknown2;
    uint16 epoch;                 // the security epoch of the file
    uint8  headerSignature[0x10]; // encrypt(sha1(header[0:0x40])[0:0x10], key_0x837, zero_iv)
    uint8  padding[0x7B0];        // pad to 0x800 (i.e: 2 KiB)
} Apple8900Header;


This is the replacement for the IMG2 file format in iPhone OS 2.0. The S5L8720 (and newer) bootroms can understand this by default, but WTF 2.0 must be uploaded to the DFU Mode of an S5L8900 that has code in it to parse IMG3 files, or the S5L8900 will not be able to understand them.


typedef struct {
    uint8  magic[4];     // string "IMG3"
    uint32 fullSize;     // full size of fw image
    uint32 sizeNoPack;   // size of fw image without header
    uint32 sigCheckArea; // although that is just my name for it, this is the
                         //   size of the start of the data section (the code)
                         //   up to the start of the RSA signature (SHSH section)
    uint32 iden;         // identifier of image, used when bootrom is parsing images
                         //   list to find LLB (illb), LLB parsing it to find
                         //   iBoot (ibot), etc.
} AppleImg3Header;

Tag Header

typedef struct {
    uint8  magic[4];    // one of the tags below (stored in little-endian order)
    uint32 totalLength; // (dataLength + sizeof(AppleImg3TagHeader))
    uint32 dataLength;  // 
} AppleImg3TagHeader


VERS: Version
SDOM: Security Domain
PROD: Processor to be used with.
CHIP: Chip to be used with. "0x8900" for S5L8900 and "0x8720" for S5L8720.
      Instead of there being a check against some piece of hardware,
      whatever is verifying this (bootrom / iBoot / LLB / etc.) has this hardcoded in.
BORD: Board to be used with
KBAG: contains the KEY and IV required to decrypt encrypted with the GID Key
SHSH: RSA encrypted SHA1 hash of the file
CERT: Certificate
ECID: Exclusive Chip ID
TYPE: Type of IMG3 (like 0x6C6F676F for logo)
DATA: actual content
SEPO: Security Epoch


Apple got smarter this time, requiring the hardware AES engine to be run per file. Decrypt the KBAG tag data (0x20 bytes?) with the hardware AES engine and get the 0x10 byte IV and the 0x10 byte KEY.

iBoot has support for AES-192 and AES-256 also, but the former remains unused. In the current method, iBoot will always use the first 16 bytes as the IV, then the remaining 16 (AES-128), 24 (AES-192, unused), or 32 (AES-256) bytes for the key.