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Old 02-13-04, 02:01 PM
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Windows Source Code questions

without discussing where to get it since that would probably be illegal, I have some questions about the code that got stolen recently.
I've only seen basic reports on the news, none of which went into any details.
Was it the full code?
Could someone compile it and get a working OS?
What language is it in?
Any other areas about it that seem interesting to discuss please feel free, even if it doesn't answer the above questions

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Old 02-13-04, 02:30 PM
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- Read a report it's only about 5% of the Windows 2000/NT core
- Since it's only 5% of the total program nobody could get a working OS out of it.
- Language, guessing C++ based

But by reading through the code someone could exploit holes in the programming, which isn't any different then what currently happens. This just makes it easier for them to figure it out. I think it's about 500MB of code total which was released.
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Old 02-13-04, 02:51 PM
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From what I read, it's a 230 MB compressed file which decompresses to 650 MB. According to various sources, the full Windows source code is somewhere around 40 GB.

So, you cannot compile nor is it even close to the full code. Obviously M$ is playing down any security risks - which is probably true - from what I read at /., the code is bits and pieces of different parts, so even if you found something potentially vulnerable it could have already been patched, or you probably don't have enough code to exploit it.
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I hope I don't get in trouble for posting it, but here's a bit of the code for those curious:

Code:
10 INPUT "WHAT IS YOUR NAME";NAME$
20 PRINT "HELLO, ";NAME$
30 GOTO 20
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I also found a piece of the code floating around, though I think this is for ME, not NT/2000:
Code:
10 CRASH
20 PRINT "Blue Screen of Death!"
30 PRINT $ERRORMESSAGES
40 GOTO 10
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Originally posted by danw
I also found a piece of the code floating around, though I think this is for ME, not NT/2000:
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10 CRASH
20 PRINT "Blue Screen of Death!"
30 PRINT $ERRORMESSAGES
40 GOTO 10
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Originally posted by Blake
From what I read, it's a 230 MB compressed file which decompresses to 650 MB. According to various sources, the full Windows source code is somewhere around 40 GB.
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The source was from Win2k SP1, Win2k is now up to SP4 so its a bit old.
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Old 02-14-04, 08:56 AM
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Originally posted by duz
The source was from Win2k SP1, Win2k is now up to SP4 so its a bit old.
It also included MS Paint. Why would anyone want the code for paint? I don't think I have used MS Paint for at least 8 years. I believe it was back in the Windows 3.11 days when I last used it.
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