Decrypting old MS Word docs

nocturn ulist at
Fri Jun 3 07:20:17 UTC 2005

Stephen R Laniel Wrote: 
> I found a pile of old MS Word documents -- probably from the

> 2.0 or 6.0 era -- that I wrote a long time ago, encrypted,

> and promptly forgot the password to. Now I'd like to decrypt

> them. Lots of googling only found me a lot of non-beerfree

> tools, and it seems pretty silly to pay for such a thing. Is

> there a free-software tool to handle cracking MS Word

> passwords? Barring that, is the format of MS Word encryption

> laid out anywhere? If so, I'm sure it's easy to write a

> little tool myself to do what I need.


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> PGP key:


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All I know is that up to 6.0, word used a very silly way to protect

Try viewing them with strings, maybe the password is readable.


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