Microsoft claims to love open source – this alleged leak of Windows XP code is probably not what it had in mind, tho

Microsoft claims to love open source – this alleged leak of Windows XP code is probably not what it had in mind, tho

The source code for Windows XP and other elderly Microsoft operating systems appears to have leaked online as the mega-corp's Ignite developer shindig came to an end.


Heck, there's no physical swag for attendees nowadays so how about a big ol' source dump?


The source of the alleged code leak is unclear; a torrent for the archive popped up on internet armpit 4chan and contains what appears to be Windows XP Service Pack 1, as well as some other past-their-sell-by-date flavours of Microsoft's greatest hits.


The Microsoft source boat is infamously leaky and unseaworthy. Chunks of Windows code seeped out from under the door in 2017, giving those not in the magic Microsoft circle an insight into how the company's systems work. Another leak, in 2004, saw bits of Windows NT4 and 2000 source from the turn of the century nose their way into the sunlight.


This week's leak looks both relatively complete and the real thing, according to experts. However, that could change as those with the skills dig into what has been exposed.


A Microsoft spokesperson told The Register: "We are investigating and will take appropriate action to help keep customers protected."


Microsoft leaks 6.5TB in Bing search data via unsecured Elastic server. *Insert 'Wow... that much?' joke here*


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