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Source Code For Windows XP And Windows Server 2003 Leaks Online!

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Microsoft’s source code for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has leaked on various file-sharing sites online. The torrent files for both operating systems’ source code were published on the sites this week.


This is the first time Windows XP’s source code will leak publicly. There have however been claims that the code has been shared privately for many years.


According to The Verge, the files on the sites are legitimate. Microsoft had ended support for Windows XP since 2014. However, in 2017 it released a patch in response to a large-scale WannaCry malware attack and It’s unlikely that the source code leak will pose any significant threat to machines still running Windows XP.

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This isn’t the first time a Microsoft operating system source code has leaked online. Some years ago, Windows 10 related source code was in a leak with at least 1GB worth of code appearing online.


This year alone, a series of Xbox-related source code leaks appeared online. In May 2020, Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source codes leaked online. This was just weeks after the Xbox Series X graphics source code was stolen and also leaked online.


This time, however, it is not yet clear the amount of Windows XP source code in this leak. One Windows internals expert has already sighted Microsoft’s NetMeeting user certificate root signing keys in the leak. The leaked source code leak also reference Microsoft’s Windows CE operating systems and MS-DOS.


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