Microsft's statement on Windows 2000 & NT Source code LEAK...

Discussion in 'MCSE' started by James Martin, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. James Martin

    James Martin Guest

    I don't know if anyone else has been following this, but yesterday on
    Slashdot there was news that the source code for both OS's was leaked onto
    the internet, and now there's a press release from MS here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2004/Feb04/02-12windowssource.asp

    I thought it was a joke at first, but confirmation leads to new questions.
    Obviously, worst case scenario is tons of new exploits are found in the code
    since it's never been vetted before. With the latest security update MS
    fixed a problem that was reported to them 6 months ago and has actually been
    in the software for years. With the source code someone could potentially
    find exploits/bugs much easier and implement them in a malicious way.
    Certainly a 6 month windows between the exploit and a fix is not going to
    cut it....... Any thoughts...?
     
    James Martin, Feb 13, 2004
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  2. >With the source code someone could potentially
    >find exploits/bugs much easier and implement them in a malicious way.


    There are plenty of people out there that spend their time reverse
    engineering other people's code. You can bet that Microsoft do it and
    Microsoft's competitors do it, as well as many the many crackers out
    there - it's nothing new.

    Having their [microsoft] source code stolen is quite funny though, but
    I for one will not lose any sleep over it.

    Kline Sphere (Chalk) MCNGP #3
     
    The Poster Formerly Known as Kline Sphere, Feb 13, 2004
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