The source code for Windows XP SP1 and other versions of the Microsoft operating system is said to have leaked online today.
A person who claims to have spent the last two months compiling a collection of Windows source code today released a 43 GB torrent of his entire collection.
This torrent includes the alleged source code for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, as well as a variety of older versions of the operating system.
The contents of the torrent include:
MS DOS 3.30
MS DOS 6.0
Windows CE 3
Windows CE 4
Windows CE 5
Windows Embedded 7
Windows Embedded CE
Windows NT 3.5
Windows NT 4
The torrent also includes a multimedia folder containing a bizarre collection of conspiracy theories videos about Bill Gates.
In addition to the torrent, a smaller 7 GB 2,9zip file containing only the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 source code is also available.
The leak states that the source of Windows XP was circulated privately among hackers for years, but was released to the public for the first time today.
While Windows XP was released almost 20 years ago, if any code is still used in modern versions of Windows, this leak could be a potential security risk.
The source code is human-readable instructions that tell the computer how to run a program. This source code is then compiled into binary executable format that can be run by the computer.
It has always been possible to find errors in Windows, but having the source makes it much easier to see the internal functions of the operating system.
If bugs that can be exploited in the Windows XP source code are detected and the code is still in use in Windows 10, security vulnerabilities could be exploited in the modern version of the operating system.
However, we do not know if this is really the source code. A torrent can not guarantee it.