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Word 2003 password security

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I am just wondering how secure the password protection to open a word document in word 2003 is.

 

I ask because I know that for word 97, the password could be "cracked" almost instantly, and I am wondering if word 2003 was a big improvement, or not much. What algorithm or such does it use to ensure security?

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http://www.elcomsoft.com/aopr.html

 

It depends on what kind of password it is... The most common ones (password to edit, password to open, etc) are incredibly weak, and the above app will generate a password that can be used to unlock the document, but I think if you encrypt the document, it needs to be brute-forced.

 

They're not designed for security, they're designed as tamper-evidence.

 

MS is correct too, OO.O will open and edit documents that have been "protected" but I don't think it will open encrypted documents.

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open office tends to ignore microsoft passwords

 

i love you open office.

Not with OO 3 and Word 2003 documents at least. If it does ignore passwords then that is very, very lame.

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If they aim for compatibility with the .doc format, then they should respect the format as it is.

 

Even if the password can be cracked instantly, which it cannot on a word 2003 password, having a password allows for several non technical protections. Anyway, OO asks for a password here, as it well should.

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