detect executables embedded inside MS Office documents?

Scott Silva ssilva at
Tue Apr 8 21:59:01 IST 2008

on 4-8-2008 11:36 AM Julian Field spake the following:
> Scott Silva wrote:
>> on 4-7-2008 3:08 AM Gerard spake the following:
>>> On Sun, 06 Apr 2008 16:00:45 -0700
>>> Scott Silva <ssilva at> wrote:
>>>> on 4-6-2008 8:09 AM Julian Field spake the following:
>>>>> Ignore all previous requests for information. I've got enough of
>>>>> it, pretty much.
>>>>> The only thing I cannot handle is inserted OLE "Packages" that
>>>>> contain multiple files. If someone fancies creating one of those
>>>>> and sending it to me, I'll improve the Package parser to cope with
>>>>> it.
>>>>> But it now works with files inserted into Microsoft Office
>>>>> documents just fine.
>>>>> This will be in the next release.
>>>>> I guess it's a fairly major new feature, the ability to extract
>>>>> embedded files from Microsoft Office documents.
>>>>> :-)
>>>>> I think I'm going to have a rest now...
>>>> Poking another hole in the Microsoft armor was a big task. A well
>>>> deserved rest it will be!!
>>> The use of OLE makes the creation of highly detailed documents far
>>> easier and accurate. The scanning of said documents when emailed I
>>> would assume to be a plus. However, if the scanning action breaks the
>>> OLE bonds then then cure is far worst than the disease.
>> MailScanner only scans a copy of the attachments to check their 
>> content. The original isn't harmed.
> He didn't really think that did he? How stoopid do people think I am? :-)
> Jules
That is how I took it. No smileys, no other indication of being funny, no 
swapping jokes, etc...

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