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38812 clicks; posted to Main » on 12 Feb 2004 at 5:22 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2004-02-12 05:23:19 PM  
Hackers, and crackers, and worms oh my!

I'm glad I own an Apple

HA HA!! /Nelson
2004-02-12 05:23:55 PM  
I wonder if it's possible to fark /.
2004-02-12 05:24:14 PM  
Windows Rules.
2004-02-12 05:24:24 PM  
2004-02-12 05:25:15 PM  
Neowin.net is reporting that Windows 2000 and Windows NT source code has been leaked to the internet.
The server is currently slashdotted, but I managed to download the first few lines of the Windows 2000 codebase. Here they are:

10 REM Windows 2000 Operating System
20 REM (C) Microsoft Corporation
30 REM Note: TO DO: fix up security stuff
40 REM :
50 REM :wq
60 REM exit^M^M quit ^C
2004-02-12 05:25:21 PM  
Sweeeeeeeeeet... I wonder if I can figure out how to compile it.
2004-02-12 05:25:37 PM  
that would be cool to fark /. it would also be interesting to see fark /.'ed (out of fairness)
2004-02-12 05:25:40 PM  
2004-02-12 05:25:53 PM  
Perhaps it's embedded with some hidden worm to root out and destroy the hackers. One can only hope.
2004-02-12 05:26:04 PM  
Uh...I'm a network admin for 900 Win2k and Xp machines. I stay on top of patches and anti-virus software and I've got adaware setup to automatically run.

Our systems haven't gone down in years...what's the problem?
2004-02-12 05:26:25 PM  
Windows sucks
2004-02-12 05:26:46 PM  
Should we fix the bugs and give it back to them? I mean "license" it back to them.
2004-02-12 05:27:20 PM  
Is this the beginning of a SCO-like series of copyright lawsuits against Microsoft?
2004-02-12 05:27:42 PM  
Cool! WTF does that mean?
2004-02-12 05:28:24 PM  
It means that the New Testament has gone open source.
2004-02-12 05:28:37 PM  
Could be. I'm looking forward to finding out how much GPL'd software has made it into the Win2K kernel.
2004-02-12 05:28:40 PM  
microsoft == farked
2004-02-12 05:28:49 PM  

Our systems haven't gone down in years...what's the problem?

hmm, yes, not afraid are you.

you will be

2004-02-12 05:28:54 PM  
So, is the world gonna blow up?
2004-02-12 05:29:09 PM  
yeah, I saw this on slashdot... this is a big deal. scary.
2004-02-12 05:29:41 PM  
The server is too busy at the moment. Please try again later.
2004-02-12 05:29:49 PM  
Now Valve can laugh at them
2004-02-12 05:29:55 PM  
Meanwhile, Apple makes the source code to OS X (Darwin), minus the GUI code, downloadable from their website and there's only a security update needed every now and then.
Not a Mac fanboy at all...I use Windows & OS X and I'm just pointing this out.
2004-02-12 05:30:21 PM  
The implications of this are striking. I don't mean to be a doomsayer or anything, but this could enable black-hat programmers to design more destructive viruses, backdoor traps, and other nefarious methods of destruction. Plus, it means a huge profit loss for Microsoft. I would recommend buying Microsoft stock once word of this reaches the street, as it's price will fall, and there's a real opportunity there.
2004-02-12 05:30:40 PM  
Still waiting for a .torrent.. *taps foot*
2004-02-12 05:30:43 PM  
the funny thing is, it's all written in LOGO.
2004-02-12 05:31:05 PM  
bradendsley, no, no, no. C'mon, if Windows used an editor I think it'd be everyone's favorite OS, emacs, not vi.

emacs: An OS in need of a good text editor.
2004-02-12 05:31:24 PM  
Cool! WTF does that mean?

Bad things. The biggest fear is that once the code open, people will be able to find all sorts of security flaws. Internet worms could be much more frequent and devestating.
2004-02-12 05:31:56 PM  
Momma.....I'm scared....
2004-02-12 05:32:03 PM  
Awesome. I chose to refresh Fark at the right time.
2004-02-12 05:32:06 PM  
Its a little long but here it is:

/* Source Code to Windows 2000 */

#include "win31.h"
#include "win95.h"
#include "win98.h"
#include "workst~1.h"
#include "evenmore.h"
#include "oldstuff.h"
#include "billrulz.h"
#include "monopoly.h"
#define INSTALL = HARD

char make_prog_look_big[160000];
void main()
if (first_time_installation)
if (still_not_crashed)

if (detect_cache())

if (fast_cpu())
set_mouse(speed, very_slow);
set_mouse(action, jumpy);
set_mouse(reaction, sometimes);

/* printf("Welcome to Windows 3.1"); */
/* printf("Welcome to Windows 3.11"); */
/* printf("Welcome to Windows 95"); */
/* printf("Welcome to Windows NT 3.0"); */
/* printf("Welcome to Windows 98"); */
/* printf("Welcome to Windows NT 4.0"); */
printf("Welcome to Windows 2000");

if (system_ok())
system_memory = open("a:\swp0001.swp", O_CREATE);

2004-02-12 05:32:12 PM  

Your turtle is lazy. It will not move without a CAR.
2004-02-12 05:32:29 PM  

You've been lucky. The patches and anti-virus updates come out after something has been discovered. The stuff is floating around the net first. You haven't been hit by it before you updated and patched. That's the best anybody can do though, and at least you do it. Unlike many Windows admins.
2004-02-12 05:32:40 PM  
Great.. now that's *two* torrents I have to track down.

Hilton + MS Code.

Think I'll merge the two and make the BSOD a little more... "interesting".
2004-02-12 05:32:45 PM  
Windows2000 and NT go open source (inadvertantly)

Spelling Nazis ... have at it!
2004-02-12 05:32:52 PM  
it would be cool to look at the code from a developer archeologist perspective. see the layers and layers of code and wrappers and cryptic old hacks.
2004-02-12 05:32:55 PM  
The good news is that this will be a real boon to Linux and alternative OS. If massive worm and virus attacks ensue, more people will move to free operating systems.
2004-02-12 05:33:09 PM  
d'oh! they need a preview... oh d'oh!
2004-02-12 05:33:30 PM  
haha.. serves those bastards right.


/antitrust (the movie)
2004-02-12 05:33:38 PM  
2004-02-12 05:33:40 PM  
backs up, evaluates, calls and orders a G5.
2004-02-12 05:34:06 PM  
So now, both fark and slashdot are beating the hell out of Neowin servers and eating their bandwidth. Bummer. Should have planned better.
2004-02-12 05:34:11 PM  
Does anyone have information from an ACTUAL source? Not just some guy on Slashdot saying it's so?

Seems a bit fishy...
2004-02-12 05:34:28 PM  
gates just shat his pants
2004-02-12 05:34:30 PM  
Basically what this means is that legitimate sites that report bugs and security advisories to MS wont be able to look at the source and so will be WAY behind the hackers.

Security through obscurity isn't going to work anymore.

This sucks for Windows users. Good thing I use Linux and Mac.
2004-02-12 05:34:47 PM  
I'm glad Virginia Tech just spent that 3.5 million bucks on an Apple supercomputer. Now if we can only destroy Los Alamos and Tokyo, we'll be #1!
2004-02-12 05:35:10 PM  
That's farking hysterical, HansBlix. Ten full points. Is that your own work? If so, you should be proud.
2004-02-12 05:35:40 PM  
Thank goodness for my RedHat partition. *switches*

/got nuthin.
2004-02-12 05:35:44 PM  
can't wait for the source to hit torrent seeds
2004-02-12 05:36:48 PM  
while truly black hat hackers have long ago decompiled Windows for their own purposes, they tend to not go rogue and attack the community at large.

niow even amateur black hat hackers can write devilishly evil exploits.

the number of programs in Windows that rely on system calls...oh dear. barely debugged in the first place system calls.

(starts considering switching his teenager over to a linux box...)
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