Microsoft Office 2003, 2007 to Get Security Boost

According to Computerworld, Microsoft plans to boost the security of older versions of Office by backporting an Office 2010 security feature. The article explains:

Dubbed Office File Validation (OVE), the technology validates older, pre-XML file formats for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher, then opens those that don’t conform to the documented format – rigged files containing an exploit, for example – in a special ‘sandbox’ within Office 2010 called Protected View.

However, instead of opening suspicious files in a sandbox, OVE in Office 2003 and 2007 will prompt a warning that the document could be dangerous. The optional update will be available in the first quarter of 2011.

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