Monday Apr 18, 2011

AES encryption for OpenOffice.org

The ODF 1.2 specification allows for stronger encryption algorithms, and Blowfish is declared as the legacy encryption algorithm.

The new version of the standard allows the encryption algorithms listed in ยง5.2 of xmlenc-core.

Many people wanted to see OpenOffice.org using AES encryption instead of Blowfish - and exactly this is what we have implemented for OpenOffice.org 3.4.

AES-256 encryption will be used for ODF 1.2 documents, but when you configure OOo to use ODF 1.1 or older, then of course Blowfish will be used.

In case you want to use the old encryption and hashing algorithms for ODF 1.2 documents you can configure OOo to do so. As this shouldn't be the case for most people, there is no UI for this, but the configuration files need to be changed directly. See the feature mail for more details.



Wednesday Feb 17, 2010

OpenOffice.org and Solaris 10 listed in eWEEK's Top 25 Technologies Of The Decade

eWEEK names 25 products, applications and technologies of the last decade that have changed the way we work, play and live.

Among them: OpenOffice.org and Solaris 10.


Friday Feb 13, 2009

About the update feature in the Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office

One of the questions I receive quite frequently is whether or not it would be possible to disable the update feature from the Sun ODF Plugin.

Well - from my point of view, this wouldn't change much, because the update feature doesn't look for updates on it's own, nor would it download or install anything itself.

I tried to explain that in the FAQ, but it seems someone decided my explanation would be too long or too technical, and shortened the item in the FAQ.

For those who want it explained a little bit more, here is my original FAQ item:

Q: Can I disable the auto update feature?

A: No. The auto update feature just checks whether or not a newer
version is available, but it doesn't download or update anything on it's
own. Also the check is never done automatically, but the user has to
select it manually. When a newer version is available, the same download
web site will be presented to the user like when he would look up for a
new version there. Download and installation is the same procedure like
for users who don't use the Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office yet, so
there are no additional other mechanisms involved which a system 
administrator might want to restrict.

Makes sense?

 
  
 

        
    
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