Decrypting old MS Word docs

Stephen R Laniel steve at
Fri Jun 3 12:58:57 UTC 2005

On Fri, Jun 03, 2005 at 03:20:17AM -0400, nocturn wrote:
> All I know is that up to 6.0, word used a very silly way to protect
> files.
> Try viewing them with strings, maybe the password is readable.

Good idea, but it doesn't look like the password is in the
clear. Lots of other strings in the document are, like the
metadata and some title text. Otherwise it's still

Even if it were decrypted, I can't find a way to open it.
OpenOffice doesn't know what to do with documents that are
password-protected in the old Word way; it fails to open the
document, rather than prompting me for a password.

Stephen R. Laniel
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