The source codes for Windows XP SP1 and other versions of Microsoft's operating system was reportedly 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 ported 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 media 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.
Source code is human-readable instructions that tell the computer how a program should run. This source code is then compiled into a binary executable form 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 detected errorτα που μπορούν να αξιοποιηθούν στον πηγαίο κώδικα των Windows XP και ο κώδικας εξακολουθεί να χρησιμοποιείται στα Windows 10, τα κενά ασφαλείας θα μπορούσαν να γίνουν exploits στη σύγχρονη version of the operating system.
However, we do not know if this is really the source code. A torrent can not guarantee it.