[plug] [OT] private -> public converter

Christian christian at amnet.net.au
Tue Oct 17 12:47:26 WST 2000

On Tue, Oct 17, 2000 at 12:39:59PM +0800, Leon Brooks wrote:
> > Getting off-topic a little here but this is, arguably, not a fault with
> > the application but rather with the operating system.
> No. By default, word keeps tabs on the revisions you make. When you ship a .DOC
> file, you ship your revisions as well... which can be rewound...

Ummm, yes, actually although I think we're talking about separate
problems.  It wouldn't surprise me if Word does keep past revisions
stored somewhere in the file (hell, the files are big enough there has
to be SOMETHING in there...) but it also pads the file with randomly
allocated memory which was the problem I was talking about and relates
to an operating system fault.

> If you password-protect a .DOC, there are tools to crack it. Did you
use the > same password elsewhere? Curious minds will find out. And they
will already know > where to look for your other documents.

Considering Word has been exported freely from the U.S. for a long while
I'm not at all surprised that there are tools to crack it (it obviously
doesn't use strong cryptography and probably doesn't use any
cryptography at all).  Either way, I was referring to problem I
mentioned above where Word might buffer memory containing passwords etc.
and write this into your file.

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