Microsoft’s supply code for Home windows XP and Home windows Server 2003 has leaked on-line. Torrent information for each working methods’ supply code have been printed on varied file sharing websites this week. It’s the primary time supply code for Home windows XP has leaked publicly, though the leaked information declare this code has been shared privately for years.
The Verge has verified the fabric is official, and we’ve reached out to Microsoft to touch upon the leak.
It’s unlikely that this newest supply code leak will pose any important risk to firms nonetheless caught working Home windows XP machines. Microsoft ended assist for Home windows XP again in 2014, though the corporate responded to the large WannaCry malware assault with a extremely uncommon Home windows XP patch in 2017.
Whereas that is the primary time Home windows XP supply code has appeared publicly, Microsoft does run a particular Authorities Safety Program (GSP) that enables governments and organizations managed entry to supply code and different technical content material.
This newest XP leak isn’t the primary time Microsoft’s working system supply code has appeared on-line. A minimum of 1GB of Home windows 10-related supply code leaked a number of years in the past, and Microsoft has even confronted a sequence of Xbox-related supply code leaks this yr. Unique Xbox and Home windows NT 3.5 supply code appeared on-line again in Might, simply weeks after Xbox Sequence X graphics supply code was stolen and leaked on-line.
It’s not instantly clear how a lot of the Home windows XP supply code is included on this leak, however one Home windows internals professional has already discovered Microsoft’s NetMeeting consumer certificates root signing keys.
Elements of the supply code leak additionally reference Microsoft’s Home windows CE working methods, MS-DOS, and different leaked Microsoft materials. Bizarrely, the information additionally embody references to Invoice Gates conspiracy theories, in a transparent try and unfold misinforma