[linux-elitists] Ybbx zn, V'z cebgrpgrq! (was: What's some marketing buzzwords for what we do?)

Matthew W. Miller mwmiller@columbus.rr.com
Thu Jan 2 16:04:09 PST 2003

On Thu, Jan 02, 2003 at 01:36:47PM -0800, Larry M. Augustin wrote:
>From: linux-elitists-admin@zgp.org On Behalf Of Don Marti
>> http://news.com.com/2010-1028-978636.html
>> "Our story starts with the Transportation Security Administration 
>> (TSA) Web site, which has an area called "Security and Law 
>> Enforcement" featuring four password-protected Microsoft Word 
>> documents. ..."
>> I go to that page, and those documents open right up in AbiWord or
>> gnumeric, no password prompt in either application.   Do you get
>> a password prompt?
>I have not tried Abiword in a long time, but I will apt-get it and try 
>it out.  It wouldn't surprise me if the password protection stuff was 
>crap.  Most of that stuff is.

Yes, it is.  In fact, there are some shady companies which will do 
password 'recovery' for you, for a fee.  I bet *that* doesn't surprise 
you, either.
	Last I heard, MS Word's 'protection' consisted of cycling XOR,
each octet of the file XORd with an octet of (maybe a
trivially-encrypted version of) the password in turn.  I'm told a
password can easily be 'recovered' by looking for blocks of data that
would be all 0x00 in an unencrypted MS Word file.

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Matthew W. Miller

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