Does the latest MS Word exploit also affect OpenOffice.org Writer?

Quick answer: no.

Some news state that the latest MS Word exploit would also affect OpenOffice.org Writer.

This is an assumption because OOo crashes when reading the manipulated Word files.

The OpenOffice Security Team did take a closer look at this, and the result is that depending on platform and compiler, OOo tries to allocate a very big or an invalid amount of memory and simply crashes. We don't see how this could be used for arbitrary code execution.

To bad that OOo crashes, but not a security issue...



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