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Windows 2000 source code drifted to the net?
« on: February 15, 2004, 06:08:06 pm »

I heard rumors about win2000 source code got drifted to the internet, can anyone confirm this?

I wonder, if it's true what kind of new hacks can hackers develop with it.

And with second thoughts can it harm the monster-company drasticly?
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Re: Windows 2000 source code drifted to the net?
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2004, 10:59:05 pm »

I am not sure if windows 2000 source code was let loose, but I know some of microsofts windows code was let loose to the public. The people who have access to it say that the code is filled with swears and insults!  - Anyway, Microsoft is also panicking about a huge hole in security and is rushing everyone to download a patch. Give me some time and I will find the page about it.
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Re: Windows 2000 source code drifted to the net?
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2004, 11:02:57 pm »

Damn hackers, we should have killed them after they got HF2 source-code...Wink
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Re: Windows 2000 source code drifted to the net?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2004, 11:14:14 pm »

Well it makes it a lot easier for hackers. Since now they can test it on something instead of blindly sending it as a source would put it. Now this puts pressure on Anti-virus and Microsoft to get patchs and other things out to combat more effective viruses.
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Re: Windows 2000 source code drifted to the net?
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2004, 01:10:37 am »

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3485545.stm

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Why is this a problem for Microsoft?

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Fourthly, for Microsoft to have this code paraded in public is hugely embarrassing. Not least because the code is littered with profanity and might show that many Microsoft programmers do not do a very good job.


I laughed out loud after reading that :-)
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Re: Windows 2000 source code drifted to the net?
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2004, 01:13:37 am »

Yup - That is the one! - It is pretty funny!
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Re: Windows 2000 source code drifted to the net?
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2004, 02:19:30 am »

Mircrosoft claims that Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 code is floating around out there.
As to whether this is going to pose any problems for them, I say "No". They already have worms like MyDoom, Blaster, LoveBug out there. Those nasties were attacking MS systems without the benefit of source code. This makes me think that no one is going to do any more harm than before.
As for the "pressure" put on anti-virus companies, this would probably work in their favor. After all, they get paid to protect MS users against bugs. More bugs, more clients.
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Re: Windows 2000 source code drifted to the net?
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2004, 07:13:04 am »

does any one know if the update, to protect windows from this leak, is out? and if so what number was it assigned? i would like to see if i have it installed.

i went to windows update, and found only one critical update out. it seemed pretty small for it to be the one mentioned. i downloaded it anyway though. man it took me forever to update all the criticals windows had. gotta get me DSL, or anything faster than dial up.

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Re: Windows 2000 source code drifted to the net?
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2004, 02:14:13 am »

Microsoft was complaining that this would cause increased security threats.  Unfortunately, they're right.  Open Source community patching is great until you want to bring legal action to anyone who has your code.  Anyone who _can_ give M$ a patch for a security flaw they've seen _won't_ because M$ will sue them into the ground (or worse, bring in the FBI).  If they would take this opportunity to make windows open source, they'd get hundreds of holes fixed in a week.
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Re: Windows 2000 source code drifted to the net?
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2004, 07:50:32 pm »

Heck, even if they just realeased what had been leaked, forget making the whole system open-source. That would be pretty suicidal as a company, given their marketing techniques.

On the other hand, if they did that it would set a bad precedent.

Alternately, they could make a company policy that if you offer them a patch they won't bust on you for having the source code.
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