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  • No good deed goes unpunished: Windows XP source code apparently leaked

    Posted on September 25th, 2020 at 03:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve heard rumors about this for years, but it looks like the Real McCoy just hit 4chan.

    Dan Thorp-Lancaster at Windows Central has the story:

    Alleged source code for Windows XP leaked online this week. The leak was spread in a thread on the anonymous forum 4chan, which linked to archives of both the alleged Windows XP source code along with source code for other Microsoft products. Notably, the archive includes the Windows NT 3.5 and original Xbox source code dumps that appeared online in May.

    There’s no official confirmation, of course — and lots of reason to be skeptical. Still, folks who know XP at the bit level are impressed.

    Lawrence Abrams at BleepingComputer points to tweets by @RoninDay, who claims:

    I slept at 4 AM yesterday and got up at 8:30 AM. Now its about to be 2 AM and I just discovered a dump. Life comes to you fast, this amazing healthy lifestyle.

    The main concern is that legacy XP code that has found its way into Win7, 8.1 or 10 may be compromised. That seems pretty far-fetched, but still… the sins of the father visited upon the son, and all that.