The source code of the operating system for the first Xbox has been leaked on the internet over the last week, as well as the source code of a pre-release version of Windows NT 3.5. Both of them come circling around on the forums, and have appeared on file sharing websites like Mega; Microsoft says it is investigating the case.
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In the youtube video it was found that the two files, run are still available on the internet. The code in the Xbox, you have 1,22 GB in size, and this corresponds to a standard version of Windows 2000 for the console in 2001. “We are aware of reports and we are investigating,” said Microsoft in a statement to The Verge.
The files include the build environments, the Xbox Development Kit, emulators, and testing documents. As for the kernel, and the source code were already being passed on among fans, most likely the leak is not going to help you to run or emulate the games from the original Xbox to the PC.
In the meantime, Windows NT 3.5, and involves a download of the 109,68 MB this is the release candidate (RC 2 (Release Candidate) build 782), right next to the one that was released to the public in 1994.
This can be a useful tool for those who want to know more about the internal workings of Windows, and it should not be a security issue, since few of the PCs that use this system, whose support ended in 2001.
Microsoft, Apple, and Nvidia had the source code leaked out
We’ve gone through the other leaks are from the source code in the past. In the fall of 2017, confidential files have circulated on the internet, with the builds of Windows 10, and the versions of the system for ARM processors.
And then, in 2004, something similar happened with Windows 2000 and NT 4. At that time, the company said in a statement that it was cooperating with the FBI to find the perpetrators, and sent out letters explaining to the person who made the download of the source code that it violates the law.
Of course, other companies also have this kind of problem. Apple has confirmed to 2018: what are the parts of the source code from the iBoot, responsible for making sure that the boot from iOS, which had leaked out. And now, in the year 2020, and the code on GPUs, the AMD’s have been stolen and leaked on GitHub, which includes information about the graphics chip, which will be in the Xbox Series, X.