But what if one needs to run the macros?
Posted Jun 14, 2007 20:20 UTC (Thu) by eru
In reply to: BadBunny? Only if you invite it in
Parent article: BadBunny? Only if you invite it in
Just don't click "OK!" if OO pops up a dialog box asking you if you want to run the macros in the document!
That seems very reasonable for most people.
I think it very unsatisfactory. For better or worse, the macros
might be essential for fully getting the contents of the document.
A related example: an ex-colleague once wrote a surprisingly short
PostScript macro that when run, drew the very complex-looking logo
the company used at the time, by observing how it had been put
together from replicating some simple elements. A very effective way
to compress into about two hundred bytes something that otherwise
would take several kilobytes, even in vector form. An office suite macro
might do something similar, and I think this is a very reasonable use
for them: formatting the contents of the document itself for
presentation without mucking about with anything external to the document
and the window used to display it. I would like to allow it without
questions, and at the same time prevent all potentially malicious uses.
It ought to be possible, provided office suite makers drop the idea that
an office suite must be a complete application development environment,
and go back to what 99.9% of the users really want to do with
them: create and view documents.
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