Torrents have appeared on-line that apparently comprise the supply code for Home windows XP, Home windows 2000, and different software program from Microsoft. Shared on the infamous 4chan, a group of information approaching 50GB in measurement are additionally stated to incorporate the supply code for Home windows Server 2003, Home windows NT and MS DOS.
The leaker justifies their choice to share the supply code saying that “info ought to be free and obtainable to everybody”, and that to carry onto it for themselves could be an “evil act”. The leaker additionally cheekily factors out that Microsoft ought to be joyful that the supply code is publicly obtainable given the corporate’s present embracing of open supply.
Whereas the Microsoft merchandise featured within the leak are undeniably previous, if the code is the actual deal, this might be one thing of a headache for the corporate. Regardless of its age, Home windows XP remains to be utilized by fairly various individuals world wide, and the obvious skill to scour the working system’s supply code for vulnerabilities might symbolize a safety subject. There may be additionally the likelihood that, regardless of the very fact the code is a number of years previous, a few of it might nonetheless be in use in Home windows 10.
Information of the leak was shared by Bleeping Computer the place Lawrence Abrams rightly factors out that it is extremely troublesome to confirm whether or not the code that has appeared on-line is real or not.
The uploader, utilizing the title billgates3, writes:
That is my torrent. The XP/W2k3 leak occurred right this moment (the 24th) on /g/ and different boards on 4chan. Apparently the file had been handed round privately for years amongst hackers. I feel it was shared as a result of the dude (or gal) noticed that we had been attempting to crack a RAR file (originating from 2007 or 2008) that supposedly comprises Home windows XP supply code. I managed to revive that previous torrent to confirm that we bought the identical file as was posted all these years in the past.
In any case, whereas I’ve extracted information that had been packed utilizing different compression codecs after which compressed them utilizing 7zip, I’ve made completely no adjustments to the precise supply information on this torrent. They’re all untouched by me, so any potential adjustments from OG Microsoft supply code was there all alongside.
Typically, these leaks are floating about in many various archives that also extract to similar directories. This may be examined utilizing the script I bundled within the torrent (compare_dirs.sh) in case anybody has doubts in regards to the information being untouched. It was factor I extracted and repacked all these archives, as a result of file measurement is smaller, much less waste of HDD house and bandwidth, plus among the authentic leaks (NT 4) had been corrupted archives, which I repaired utilizing the *nix’zip’ command after which extracted. Utilizing different archivers to extract sure ZIPs (like that one) will generally not extract the complete archive.
In any case, I spent about 2 months amassing all these leaks and I’ve gone over all of the archives to make it possible for they’re real. Like I’ve already stated, they could have been tampered with by the unique leakers years in the past. That nobody can do something about.
I created this torrent for the neighborhood, as I imagine info ought to be free and obtainable to everybody, and hoarding info for oneself and holding it secret is an evil act for my part.
And in addition, Microsoft claims to like open supply so then I assume they’re going to love how open this supply code is now that it is handed round on BitTorrent.
If anybody decides to get this torrent, use a VPN.
Evidently, we aren’t going to hyperlink to the 4chan put up or the torrents, however do you have to determine to hunt them down for your self, train warning in case there’s something malicious included within the bundle of information.