Microsoft source code for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has expired online. Torrent files for the source code of both operating systems have been posted on various file sharing sites this week. This is the first time that source code for Windows XP has been publicly leaked, although leaked files claim that the code has been shared privately for years.
On the edge has confirmed that the material is legitimate and we have contacted Microsoft to comment on the leak.
This latest source code leak is unlikely to pose a significant threat to companies that are still stuck with Windows XP machines. Microsoft discontinued support for Windows XP back in 201
Although Windows XP source code is making its first public appearance, Microsoft is implementing a special state security program (GSP) that allows governments and organizations to have controlled access to source code and other technical content.
This latest XP leak is not the first time the source code for Microsoft’s operating system has appeared online. At least 1 GB of Windows 10-related source code expired a few years ago, and Microsoft even encountered a series of Xbox-related source leaks this year. The original source code for the Xbox and Windows NT 3.5 appeared online back in May, just weeks after the source code for the Xbox Series X graphics was stolen and leaked online.
It is not clear how much of the Windows XP source code is included in this leak, but a Windows interior expert has already found the keys to signing a Microsoft NetMeeting user certificate root.
Parts of the source code leak also apply to Microsoft’s Windows CE operating systems, MS-DOS, and other leaked Microsoft materials. Strangely, the files also include references to Bill Gates’ conspiracy theories, in an apparent attempt to spread misinformation.