Microsoft’s source code for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has leaked online. Torrent files for both operating systems’ source code were posted on various file sharing sites this week. It is the first time that the source code for Windows XP has leaked publicly, although the leaked files state that this code has been privately shared for years.
The Verge verified that the material is legitimate and we reached out to Microsoft to comment on the leak.
This latest source code leak is unlikely to pose a significant threat to businesses still stuck with Windows XP machines. Microsoft discontinued support for Windows XP in 201
Although this is the first time that Windows XP source code has appeared publicly, Microsoft runs a special Government Security Program (GSP) that allows governments and organizations controlled access to source code and other technical content.
This latest XP leak isn’t the first time Microsoft’s operating system source code has appeared online. At least 1GB of source code related to Windows 10 was leaked a few years ago, and Microsoft has even faced a number of Xbox related source code leaks this year. The original source code for Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 appeared online in May, just weeks after the source code for the Xbox Series X graphics was stolen and leaked online.
It’s not immediately clear how much of the Windows XP source code is included in this leak, but a Windows intern expert did already found Microsoft NetMeeting User Certificate Root Signing Keys.
Portions of the source code leak also refer to Microsoft’s Windows CE operating systems, MS-DOS, and other leaked Microsoft material. Oddly, the files also include references to Bill Gates’ conspiracy theories, in a clear attempt to spread disinformation.