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From: =?UTF-8?B?SsO8cmdlbiBTY2htaWR0?= <jogischmidt <at> googlemail.com>
Subject: Re: [RELEASE,CODE]: Bug 119090 - Default Encryption Fails for Down-Level Implementations
Newsgroups: gmane.comp.apache.incubator.ooo.devel
Date: Monday 26th March 2012 08:10:41 UTC (over 6 years ago)
On 3/26/12 3:15 AM, Dennis E. Hamilton wrote:
> TJ,
> I was doing some nosing around and, based on some information on the
Community Forums (thank you Hagar), it looks like the settings are
controlled in a file called registrymodifications.xcu, at least on Windows.
 The location will vary with different versions of windows.
> On windows, you can find one under the installed-user profile, such as
Documents&  Settings\orcmid\Application Data [a hidden file],
OpenOffice/3/user/registrymodification.xcu for any install since the AES256
has been instituted as default.  the *.xcu is actually an XML file and you
can find the settings by searching for "blowfish" and for "SHA1".
> How this works for Mac, Solaris, OS/2, and the various Linus and BSD
builds, I have no idea.

I think I have mentioned before that it is easy to provide an extension 
to switch the relevant configuration settings.

As the release manger I will accept the issue as critical enough to 
change the default back for 3.4. For AOO 4.0 we will switch the default 
again and will provide a GUI to allow the user the change it more easily.

For 3.4 we provide a mini extension that switch the default back to AES 
for users who prefer this encryption algorithm.


>   - Dennis
> -----Original Message-----
> From: TJ Frazier [mailto:[email protected]]
> Sent: Friday, March 23, 2012 11:26
> To: [email protected]
> Subject: Re: [RELEASE,CODE]: Bug 119090 - Default Encryption Fails for
Down-Level Implementations
> [ ... ]
> ... options to consider:
> 3. User change to config file, to use the new option.
> I have suggested a writeup on this, but such instructions are much
> better aimed at the (few?) users who want the "latest and greatest"
> security option, and will do a little work to get it. (Does anybody know
> what that file name is? Given that, I volunteer to update the Release
> Notes.)
> 4. Macro to toggle the settings.
> This could be distributed in a BASIC library (new or existing); no
> extension necessary. User instructions to find and run the macro are
> simple. I may be able to write this; preliminary investigation is
> promising but not certain. I volunteer to try. There are several real
> experts on this list, whom I might ask for help.
> /tj/
>> [1] https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=119090
>> On 19.03.2012 14:48, Jürgen Schmidt wrote:
>>> On 3/19/12 2:16 PM, TJ Frazier wrote:
>>>> On 3/19/2012 08:48, Jürgen Schmidt wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> I think issue 119090 is no show stopper from my point of view. The
>>>>> default provides a better security than before when I understand it
>>>>> correct. And if people detect potential problems they can save the
>>>>> document again with other settings.
>>>>> I agree that this is important for interoperability but no show
>>>>> stopper.
>>>>> Any other opinion?
>>>>> Juergen
>>>> Hi, Jürgen,
>>>> Like Dennis, I'm nervous about this. Perhaps we can handle it with a
>>>> mention in the Release Notes; something like,
>>>> PLEASE NOTE: the default options for [technical details here] should
>>>> provide your best /individual/ security. However, if you intend to
>>>> the document in secure fashion, the default mode cannot be read by
>>>> * previous versions of OpenOffice.org
>>>> * current versions of LibreOffice, at least through [version]
>>>> * Ms Office [version info]
>>>> For compatibility, use the options [details here].
>>> I agree that it make sense to mention it in the release notes.
>>> Any volunteer for updating the release notes?
>>> Juergen
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