Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Microsoft offices "sandbox" to make Office applications more secure, for the time being


Gregg Keizer has a column today in PC World on Microsoft Office file formats and their supposed vulnerability that hackers find by “fuzzing” Office file formats, the dropping of random streams into applications to cause lockups and breakdowns. It seems that some people like to break things for the fun of it! Microsoft will offer a “sandbox”, a read-only environment for companies to isolate Office documents in a read-only environment where they can’t be surreptitiously updated.
The PC World story July 26 is here.

Microsoft has a company blog to discuss its security enhancements for Office products here.

Back in 1997, I had trouble with some large, heavily footnoted Word documents for my first book going "bad" and Kinkos claimed that this was a virus; it wasn't, it was just instability.

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