- Hack windows xp with MS08-067 exploit. If you were to scan a range of ip addresses to discover online windows xp machines, then most of them would likely be patched ( through automatic updates ). So if you want to test and practise this exploit, setup a vulnerable unpatched xp system.
- However, there is one simpler method to hack into a Windows XP system, if the computer owner installed Windows XP, and forgot or not set the Administrator account password. By default installation, Windows XP has a built-in Administrator account, which is equivalent to root or superuser privilege account in Linux or Unix, and contains no password.
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As reported by Wayne Williams at Betanews and confirmed by us, a simple registry hack to a Windows XP system tricks Windows Update into providing updates for it.
UPDATE: Six months later, find out how this hack is working so far.
Williams says that the hack, included just below, makes the system look like Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 which will continue to receive updated until April 9, 2019.
To apply the hack, create a text file with a .reg extension and the contents below:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Hack Into Windows Xp
Run it by double-clicking in Windows Explorer. After this is done, if you run Windows Update, it will find several updates, as illustrated in this screen capture:
The screen capture is from our own tests, which appear to work. Notice that two of the displayed updates are for WEPOS (Windows Embedded Point of Service) and Windows POSReady 2009. The others are for Windows Server 2003, which runs the same kernel and many other components as Windows XP.
This specific hack works only on 32-bit systems, but a 64-bit workaround is available at this page, which may have been Williams's source for the 32-bit hack.
[UPDATE:] Late Monday we received a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson:
Free Windows Xp Install
We recently became aware of a hack that purportedly aims to provide security updates to Windows XP customers. The security updates that could be installed are intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers. Windows XP customers also run a significant risk of functionality issues with their machines if they install these updates, as they are not tested against Windows XP. The best way for Windows XP customers to protect their systems is to upgrade to a more modern operating system, like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.