[Esd-l] regarding poisoned files...

John D. Hardin jhardin at impsec.org
Thu May 23 13:57:00 PDT 2002

On Thu, 23 May 2002, Mark_Saunders wrote:

> Sure. The filename extension used was "dot".
> This is a Microsoft Word Template file. Really, it's a doc with a dot
> extension.
> I fail to understand why dot would be used instead of doc, but I do see it
> frequently.

DOC = Word document

DOT = Word template

You shouldn't be using .DOT files for regular word processing tasks.
It's only used when you want to enforce stylistic consistency on some
Word documents.

I always chuckle when I see people sending .DOT files for regular use,
or .DOC.DOT, or .DOT.DOC files...

.DOT is an office document, and is "special" and is subject to
poisoning even if it is not being mangled.

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