OpenOffice V3.x Security Design Weaknesses

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Executive Summary

For years, document malware exist quite exclusively for Microsoft 0111cc: the sadly known macro-viruses which still represent a numeric nuisance nowadays. However, the recent evolution of office suite towards free software exact level of risk of the OpenOffice suite with respect to document malware, this paper presents an up to date in-depth evaluation of its security (release 3.0.x) based on the results established since 2006 and 2007. Finally this paper will discuss the pros and cons of both open and proprietary solutions, on a purely technical basis, as far as security is concerned. There is no such thing as a perfect solution. Therein lays all the complexity of doing computer security.

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