MS OFFICE documents: embedded bugs

Subject: MS OFFICE documents: embedded bugs
From: Annamaria Profit <inteltek -at- erols -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 11:17:33 -0400

I thought you all might find this helpful. Annamaria

> Regarding Web bugs, the Privacy Foundation has released a report that it
> has discovered a way that Microsoft Office 97/2000 document can have Web
> bugs put into them. A person can embed an image specified as an URL in a
> Word, Excel, or Powerpoint document. When somebody opens the document, it
> will try to load the image from a Web site. It could be used as a way to
> track documents, etc. (In an early test, it seems that this technique will
> disclose the real IP address of somebody using services such as Anonymizer.
> I have to go back and try it a few more times to be sure.)
> The complete advisory is available at the Foundation's Web site:
> The Privacy Foundation also has a demonstration "bugged" document for Word
> 97 and Word 2000:


Annamaria Profit
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