Torrents have appeared online that apparently support the source program code for Windows, windows 2000, and other software from Microsoft. Contributed on the well known 4chan, an amount of documents approaching 50GB in proportions are also thought to range from the source code for property windows server 2003, windows NT and MS DOS.
The leaker justifies their decision to discuss the source code stating “information should be free and accessible to everyone”, and that to keep onto it for themselves would be an “evil act”. The leaker also cheekily points away that Microsoft should be happy that the origin program code is publicly available given the carrier’s current embracing of open source.
Whilst the Microsoft products featured in the leak are indisputably old, if the code is the real thing, this could be something of the head ache for the organization. In spite of its age, Windows XP is still utilized by quite a number of men and women around the world, and the apparent capability to scour the operating system’s source code for vulnerabilities could represent securities issue. There is also the probability that, even though the code is several years old, a few of it could still be being used in Windows 10.
Information of the drip was shared by Bleeping Computer where Lawrence Abrams appropriately points out it is very difficult to verify whether the code that has appeared online is genuine delete word.
As the Microsoft products showcased in the drip are undeniably aged, when the code will be the an authentic studio, this could be some thing of the headache with regard to the company. In spite of its age, Home windows XP is nevertheless utilized by very the number of individuals close to the world, plus the apparent capability to scour the operating system’s resource code for vulnerabilities could represent securities issue. There will be also the probability that, even though the code is a number of years old, a few of it could still be in use in Windows 10.
The uploader, using the name billgates3, writes:
This is my torrent. The XP/W2k3 leak happened today (the 24th) on /g/ and other boards on 4chan. Apparently the file had been passed around privately for years among hackers. I think it was shared because the dude (or gal) saw that we were trying to crack a RAR file (originating from 2007 or 2008) that supposedly contains Windows XP source code. I managed to revive that old torrent to verify that we got the same file as was posted all those years ago.
In any case, while I have extracted files that were packed using other compression formats and then compressed them using 7zip, I have made absolutely no changes to the actual source files in this torrent. They’re all untouched by me, so any potential changes from OG Microsoft source code was there all along.
In general, these leaks are floating about in many different archives that still extract to identical directories. This can be tested using the script I bundled in the torrent (compare_dirs.sh) in case anyone has doubts about the files being untouched. It was a good thing I extracted and repacked all those archives, because file size is smaller, less waste of HDD space and bandwidth, plus some of the original leaks (NT 4) were corrupted archives, which I repaired using the *nix’zip’ command and then extracted. Using other archivers to extract certain ZIPs (like that one) will sometimes not extract the full archive.
In any case, I spent about 2 months collecting all these leaks and I’ve gone over all the archives to make sure that they’re genuine. Like I’ve already said, they may have been tampered with by the original leakers years ago. That no one can do anything about.
I created this torrent for the community, as I believe information should be free and available to everyone, and hoarding information for oneself and keeping it secret is an evil act in my opinion.
And also, Microsoft claims to love open source so then I guess they’ll love how open this source code is now that it’s passed around on BitTorrent.
If anyone decides to get this torrent, use a VPN.
Needless to say, we are not going to website to the 4chan post or the torrents, but should to you choose to lookup them all the way down for yourself, exercise extreme care just in situation there will be something malicious built-in in the package of files. Source: betanews