RE: Simple crack of Word protected files: RTF

Subject: RE: Simple crack of Word protected files: RTF
From: Alan Bucher <bucherino -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2003 11:46:30 -0800 (PST)


Doesn't appear to me that they're listing this as a "problem". Just
as an FYI that if you make something read-only, remember that you're
only making the *file* read-only, not the *content*. (Of marginal
usefulness, unless you're just preventing a reader from making casual
changes in place.)

I also doubt that this is something they can "fix". Password
protection is a feature of the .doc file format. They can't help it
if you save it as RTF, text, HTML, or any other format that doesn't
include password protection.

Although, since they take the trouble of disabling copying, you'd
think that read-only protection would disable Save As also. :-|


Steve Schwarzman wrote:
>In a cursory glance, it looks like Word 2000 may be the last version
>where this problem exists.
>
>On the other hand, MS says that it's not really a security problem:
>just, uh, make sure everybody else uses the same version of Word
>that you do. I take that to mean that even if they fixed the
>problem in Word 2002, someone can do the Save As RTF from a
>previous version without difficulty.


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