Warning of a critical MS Word flaw/A further word (again) on protection

June 25, 2008 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

Which is something very new.  It’s also astonishingly new that it leads to self-executing routines.  As I remarked there (doesn’t mean it will be allowed to show), news of worms dates to ancient times.  Like Brunner’s Shockwave Rider.  I was even alive then, not all that astonishing considering I am a Vietnam vet.

 

There’s also no tip at all given that I see as to avoid it.  You can avoid this kind of flaw in any kind of document, no matter what kind of executable file it uses.  Open and save it in a simple text editor, one that doesn’t allow for executables within it.  You’re pretty close to safe if you just open it and then immediately save it in that kind of format without taking any other actions.  Particularly don’t do any tracking of changes.  If you do that trick–saving in a *.txt-like format–delete the original.  Then do something really racy and empty your recycle bin.  And in general if there are hyperlinks in something that’s sent to you, at least google the ip address.  If you don’t know how to do that, think about not going there or just doing a search for whatever the document (or whatever you call something not in *.doc format) is, on the internet.

 

To make it simple.

 

Your default should be not to click on links in the Internet unless you’re dam’ sure you can trust ’em.  Then you should just think about it.  Carefully.

 

–Glenn

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