Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 Source Codes Leak Online

Ruben Fields
September 28, 2020

According to estimates Windows XP is now running in 1.26 percent of PCs, which is a slim number considering the fact that the majority of users have already migrated to Windows 10. They also ran a Get a Mac ad campaign that highlighted the flaws of Windows and Windows Vista in particular. We can't endorse looking at stolen code or link to it... but, well, we can tell you it's out there.

What would happen if the source code is leaked?

. In addition to the 43GB file, a file with 7zip extension containing the source code of Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 has spread on the internet by 4Chan users and Redditors and is now available as a torrent file on several platforms. The user who posted the torrent claims that the Windows XP source code has been privately shared in the dark web for years already, but this is the first "public" leak.

According to The Verge, Windows Server 2003 source code is also included in the archive. To date, the leakster has yet to be identified. While the leak doesn't pose an immediate danger to most XP users, as Microsoft had ended support for Windows XP back in 2014. This translates to around 25.2 million computers still running the outdated Microsoft OS. The Windows XP theme engine is a major OS update with a third party theme and lots of customizability.

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By having access to XP's source code, vulnerabilities within the operating system can now be much easier to identify and accordingly exploit. Whistler was the codename for Windows XP.

If exploitable bugs are found in the Windows XP source code, and the code is still used in Windows 10, threat actors could exploit the bug in the modern version of the operating system. If this is, in fact, the case, then there's a high chance that the source code has already been scrutinized that it won't have that much of a awful effect on XP users.

For those unaware, source code is a text file version of a computer program or software that contains instructions that the computer follows to execute.

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