Microsoft’s source code for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has been leaked online. Torrent files for the source code of both operating systems were released on various file sharing sites this week. It is the first time source code for Windows XP has been publicly leaked, although the leaked files claim that this code has been privately shared for years.
The edge checked that the material was legitimate and we contacted Microsoft to comment on the leak.
This latest source code leak is unlikely to pose a significant threat to businesses still using Windows XP computers. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP back in 201
While this is the first time Windows XP source code has been released publicly, Microsoft is running a special Government Security Program (GSP) that allows governments and organizations controlled access to source code and other technical content.
This latest XP leak is not the first time the Microsoft operating system source code has appeared online. A few years ago, at least 1GB of Windows 10 source code was leaked, and Microsoft even discovered a number of Xbox source code leaks this year. The original Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 source code appeared online back in May, just weeks after the Xbox Series X graphics source code was stolen and leaked online.
It’s not immediately clear how much of the Windows XP source code is in this leak, but a Windows internals expert has already found the root signing keys for Microsoft’s NetMeeting user certificate.
Portions of the source code leak also refer to Microsoft’s Windows CE operating systems, MS-DOS, and other Microsoft leaked material. Oddly enough, the files also contain references to Bill Gates’ conspiracy theories to spread misinformation.