OH NO PLEASE NO
Now the machines at work running OpenOffice will get infected :'(
The trend for exploiting vulnerabilities around the same time as Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday update continues. Hackers have crafted a new Word exploit based on a memory corruption vulnerability addressed by Microsoft on Tuesday. The flaw was already exploited prior to the release of the fix, according to Microsoft. …
"The good news is that the default configuration in Microsoft Office 2007 and Office 2003, Service Pack 3 will not allow you to open some older Office file formats, including Office for Macintosh documents," Symantec notes.
Wow, thanks. I wonder when their new ooxml will have features like that.
This isn't a test, it's a bona fide response, but I rarely say anything interesting so save yourself the time :)
Was just gonna say, Re: Huh? What?, it's actually true, there is no Easter Bunny. I know, it weird isn't it? To think that for all these years I believed in a supernatural being for which there is no evidence, just because my family and school perpetuated a lie they didn't really believe... I feel a strange void.
Headline for the article by the way: "Backward compatibility sabotage saves some suckers."
The trend of exploiting an issue within days of the fix coming out is not a microsoft thing. Exploit developers regularly keep the 0day exploits within their 'crew' until the day a fix is released, then they release the exploit for 'props'.
The thing to remember is that exploits are rarely ever released while they're still big enough to cause serious damage. They're only ever released when they can be used in a limited capacity against those who don't stay up to date.
"the default configuration in Microsoft Office 2007 and Office 2003, Service Pack 3 will not allow you to open some older Office file formats, including Office for Macintosh documents"
So, Microsoft trashing its own compatibility is now a feature ? And a security one at that ?
And I note that this is not the first time it happens. Office 2000 was already a dog with Office 98 formats. Does anyone think that businesses may be avoiding Office 2007 on purpose ?
On the other hand, one must look at the achievement : Microsoft Office is now a cross-platform virus writing machine. Write it on a Mac and crash a Windows box !
Is that progress ? Or is it ?