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Source code for Windows XP has leaked online

Source code for Windows XP has leaked online

The source code for Windows XP has leaked online. The code for the popular version of Windows has been published on the anonymous bulletin board website 4chan. The recent leak also includes source code for Windows Server 2003. Earlier this year, the source code for Windows NT 3.5 and Microsoft’s original Xbox console had also leaked online. Microsoft has yet to comment on the leak.

Tom A
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Frederic Lück
Frederic Lück 0 months

Nice Would be cool if Microsoft would sell their old OSs as ISOs for use in Virtual Machines

Dave
Dave 0 months

This might be bad for banks, where they tend to still use XP for their ATM machines. https://www.techradar.com/news/atm-security-still-running-windows-xp

RJ of Cthulhu
RJ of Cthulhu 0 months

The BIG problem with this is that Windows OS code is built upon for each new generation. Microsoft doesn't start from scratch for each system upgrade. There is still Windows 95 code in Windows 10, but it is very minor and limited stuff. I would hope it's only minor similarities, but it is possible that with enough rummaging around hackers can find new vulnerabilities.

Randy
Randy 0 months

I'm more interested in that monstrosity called Windows 10. I think we all want to know what it has up its sleeve, and it's probably a lot more than some secret theme.

Cory
Cory 0 months

I wouldn't doubt that Microsoft did this themselves. The code is out there for hackers, anyone still using the old OS is going to have to buy a copy of a newer one. Cha-ching for MS.

Lev
Lev 0 months

Oh no, arguably one of the worst operating systems that's at least three generations old has been exposed. What will Microsoft ever do? oh the horror. --- would you please try a modern Linux like - Ubuntu Mate, Or Peppermint OS, and you'll never go back. you'll be amazed what you can do with Bash.

Jon
Jon 0 months

Good news: whitehats can patch vulnerabilities and exploits Bad news: blackhats will leverage unpatched vulnerabilities and exploits

Djedhi Scribe
Djedhi Scribe 0 months

Every update for Windows 10 has bricked PCs so this is an improvement.

SickOfTribalisem
SickOfTribalisem 0 months

I mean the full code wow.... And yeah xp is still in many sense amazing... In many ways I prefer it to windows 10... Obviously insanely out of data and no one should use it nowadays... But yeah some thing's quality just drops with time

SickOfTribalisem
SickOfTribalisem 0 months

I think that many! Underestimate just how BSD of a news this is! And just how dangerous this may be for the world... U see such systems as the US's milatery relay on legacy technology old operating systems and software... Which gets support patches security updates and so on from the company While Microsoft stopped supporting xp a while back it still supports it for the milstery This new leak may mean that a ton of new exploits bugs and errors in the code and so on could now be found And exploited against the milatery! (Idk about such things as for example nuclear weapons but u get the point) And I'm sure someone here will like commenting that actually open sources is usually more secure... And yes that's true but that's because massive communities of developers have the ability to review mostly shared public code.... Also in such situations exploits are often quickly found and fixed... However when we deal with something as serious as is the milatery it is better to have it much much much harder to find exploits then find them left and rgt only to fix.... Because only 1 of them could comprises the milatery before it is fixed And well obviously this is an oversimplification But u get the point... This is bad!!! Just imaging now people starting to analyze the code looking for ways to hack the milatery... Just imaging....

Max Bants
Max Bants 0 months

Tinfoil Hat Time: Microshaft did it themselves, to put pressure on anyone still using it (which is a LOT of corporations) to pay for upgrades.

Barry MC
Barry MC 0 months

So this probably means some group of XP lovers will start making security patches for windows XP again. That's cool.

TEQ
TEQ 0 months

This is a much more concerning problem than peopke think : Windows XP is the first vwrsion where Microsoft move IP packet forgering from system only to user / software level. Only Unix / Linux systems had that capabilities. The source code might explain how to do this via hardware, bypassing any software security system or worse, find a way to pull a MAC address and target a very specific computer. That could open a dirty pandora box that could affect any IoT devices, automatic driving car research and so much more.

porcus
porcus 0 months

I bet the source code is full of magic numbers, god modes, and other abominable code smells.

Zachariah
Zachariah 0 months

Well, I suppose it's time for the U.S. government and military to finally upgrade 🤷‍♂️

David Webb
David Webb 0 months

Haha 2020

Auster Maeson
Auster Maeson 0 months

I wouldn’t doubt if this is a stunt by Microsoft to not only force people into upgrading their systems, thus making a fortune but also using it to make Trump voters look bad by adding QAnon. It’s all too coincidental..

TheDadJokeGuy
TheDadJokeGuy 0 months

This could end... Badly. If I'm not mistaken, a lot of computers at the Pentagon use XP still

Zeek
Zeek 0 months

I'm surprised an OS leak hasn't happened sooner.

Elaine
Elaine 0 months

Need a link to this ;)

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