Windows XP Source Code Leak Could Lead to Disaster
Source code for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 has leaked publicly for the first time. The gate for cybercriminals is wide open.
Why the Windows XP Source Code Leak is Critical
A security insider has announced that the entire code for Microsoft operating systems MS DOS 6.0, Windows 2000, Windows CE 3, Windows CE 4, Windows CE 5, Windows Embedded 7, Windows Embedded CE, Windows NT 3.5, Windows NT 4, Windows XP and Server 2003 have been leaked on the dark web. So far, Microsoft has failed to dismiss that this is the real source code.
Every operating systems designed since MS-DOS has been based, even in part, on the previous operating system.
If a hacker were to review the old code, they could find ways to exploit any supported Windows version. This includes Windows 10, which could lead to weaponized exploits. These are the worst types of attacks as it requires the vendor to release a patch in the form of a zero-day vulnerability.
What to Do About the Source Code Leak
It is highly recommended by both Syxsense and other security advisories, such as US Homeland Security and the UK National Cyber Security Centre, to ensure all software is up to date, including operating systems. Any obsolete software that is no longer supported by the vendor should be upgraded or uninstalled.
Syxsense Secure offers a sophisticated vulnerability scanner which can detect obsolete software that needs to be upgraded within your environment. Syxsense even provides the links to the latest software to help clients fast-track every step of the process.
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