OpenOffice.org statement on Macro Virus


"There has been press comment recently about a "proof-of-concept macro virus" affecting OpenOffice.org and reported in a blog at an anti-virus company.

Macros are a useful part of any office suite, allowing users to automate repetitive tasks. These tasks include potentially destructive actions such as modifying and deleting files, which is why macros are of interest to virus writers.

The "proof-of-concept macro virus" showed that it is possible to write a simple "virus-like" program using OpenOffice.org's macro language. This is a known risk with any capable macro language. To mitigate against this risk, by default OpenOffice.org detects if a document contains
macros, displays a warning, and will only run the macro if the user specifically agrees. This behaviour conforms to industry best practice. OpenOffice.org statemnet on Macro Virus | Technology News Daily

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 6th June 2006 1:42AM