Win2K Source Code Leak

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Entire article here: http://news.com.com/2100-7349_3-5158496 ... =nefd_lede

'Microsoft is investigating the possibility that a file posted to several underground sites and chat rooms contains some protected source code to Windows 2000.

The 203MB file contains the code that appears to be from Microsoft's enterprise operating system, but the code is not complete, said Dragos Ruiu, a security consultant and the organizer of the CanSecWest security conference, who has examined the file listing.

"It was on the peer-to-peer networks and IRC (Internet relay chat) today," Ruiu said. "Everybody has got it; it's widespread now."

Microsoft zealously guards the source code to the various versions of its Windows operating system, sharing it only with universities and government agencies that sign agreements not to release the code. While working versions of Microsoft's operating system have occasionally leaked to the Internet, actual source code leaks have been rare.

Although Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has publicly bragged about the security of Windows, even Microsoft fears the release of its code. In testimony during the Microsoft antitrust trial, Jim Allchin, the company's senior vice president for Windows, said opening up the company's source code could be devastating for the operating system's security.

"The more (that) creators of viruses know about how antivirus mechanisms in Windows operating systems work, the easier it will be to create viruses or disable or destroy those mechanisms," Allchin testified during a May 2002 antitrust trial.

Allchin made the statements while defending the company against legal remedies supported by nine states that would have compelled Microsoft to give away the source code to Internet Explorer.

Allchin's fears are not misplaced, said Thor Larholm, senior security researcher with security consultancy PiVX Solutions.

"Just look at the amount of vulnerabilities that are discovered without the source code," he said. "The majority of Windows servers are still running Windows 2000. Furthermore, Windows 2000 has a lot of shared code that is still being used by Windows XP and Windows Server 2003."'
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Interesting.
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Hehe, time for everybody to start getting those Linux ISO's downloaded ;)
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Oh god, I have got to migrate to linux soon, MS is just becoming a disaster.
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Yeah, I'm just contemplating which distro to try out with the new PC I wanna build up.
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Same here, I will prolly try red hat first
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IBM sees the light apparently...time for others now?
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Geekette wrote:
"The more (that) creators of viruses know about how antivirus mechanisms in Windows operating systems work, the easier it will be to create viruses or disable or destroy those mechanisms,"


What antivurs mechanisms? IE/Windows is probably the most insecure browser and OS combination on the planet.
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it's weird how everyone bursts to knock MS simply because it's the most successfull - ever considered why so few viruses exist for Macs? Its because the user base is so low compared with MS it's not worth bothering with.

I guess some people will always want to be different to get themselves noticed. You can always spot these people. They're the ones with betamax video recorders and 8 track cartridges in their cars :lol:
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Ever wonder why zero viruses exist for Linux? Micro$oft isn't being knocked for being successfull, it's being knocked because it simply produces crap products :)
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steve911 wrote:
ever considered why so few viruses exist for Macs? Its because the user base is so low compared with MS it's not worth bothering with.

Microsoft Recently Fired someone for posting a picture of employees unloading Macs into one of thier offices or somthing in his BLOG, when questioned Microsofts representative explained the reason this person was fired was exposing the location of one of thier facilities. If i can find the article again i'll post the link.
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"exposing the location of one of their facilities"?

Micro$oft really does think they're the CIA don't they? ;)
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heres that article
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/146115_blogger30.html
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Microsoft is the new cia
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Vladdrac wrote:
Oh god, I have got to migrate to linux soon, MS is just becoming a disaster.


Windows 95 / Macintosh 89.

Windows was always a disaster... it just had more features: both real and promised.

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