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March 26th, 2014 - 7:22 am

There are security flaws and then there are security flaws. This would be the latter:

Attackers are actively exploiting a newly discovered Microsoft Word vulnerability that could be used to gain remote access of your PC, Microsoft warned Monday—and even worse, the exploit can be triggered by opening or merely previewing a malicious email using Outlook’s default settings.

The attack is delivered using booby-trapped Rich Text (RTF) files. Accessing or previewing a poisoned file with Word grants the attacker the same rights as the current user.

Making matters worse, Word is the default document viewer in Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013.

Word 95 was the last version of that product I actually liked using, before bloat and internet-ification took it over.

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The last version of Word I liked was 5.2.
22 weeks ago
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IIRC, Word 95 was little more than a 32-bit recompile of 5.2 to go on store shelves alongside Windows 95.

Those were some heady days for Microsoft. Problem is, they act like those days are still here.
22 weeks ago
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Word 5.2 was Mac only. They couldn't make it work on DOS or Windows 3.0. Word 6.0 for the Mac was made to have the look and feel of the Windows 95 version, but 5.2 was available as an upgrade to 6.0.
22 weeks ago
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Using Microsot Word is bad enough but Outlook too? There's an IQ failure.
22 weeks ago
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"The issue is caused when Microsoft Word parses specially crafted RTF-formatted data causing system memory to become corrupted in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code. "

If they were dogfooding .NET for Word this wouldn't be a problem, because that screams "buffer overrun", and managed code stops that.

(No excuses for them not doign so in Word 2k10.)

Contra Casey the ribbon was brilliant UI. Microsoft [http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jensenh/archive/2006/03/28/563007.aspx] used actual user data to tell what the most used commands really were, and how people accessed them, and made the UI match reality.

The Ribbon was and remains good UI.)
22 weeks ago
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Security flaw in Microsoft, gambling at Rick's... Yeah, yeah, whatever.
22 weeks ago
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Word 2000 wasn't too bad, but I can't stand the later versions, especially that godawful ribbon.

The above is why I default to plain text under Thunderbird.
22 weeks ago
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They don't call it Outbreak for nothing.
22 weeks ago
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open .rtf files in notepad only.

There's a reason (multiple ones actually) I preferred WordPerfect.
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