May 24, 2006

Monocultures and ODF: Dan's Bomb Goes Off

Andy Updegrove writes "Last fall, celebrated security expert Dan Geer applauded the action of Massachusetts in adopting OpenDocument Format, thereby reducing its vulnerability to the risk of living in an "IT monoculture". Four days ago, Dan's prediction came true, when users of Word (but not those that only trade files created in StarOffice, OpenOffice, or other ODF compliant software) began to be infected with the Backdoor.Ginwui virus - a malicious Trojan program that hitches a ride on bogus Word documents."


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