Users were a bit put off with a recent update to Office 2003 which resulted in many types of old files being locked out
, Citing security concerns, Microsoft opted to bar users from opening old files which could put them at risk. While users have the option of disabling this “Feature” via a registry hack, for many that have archives of documents it could be a problem.
Now, Microsoft has admitted they made a mistake. The workaround they posted was too complicated, and they have stated the information they provided was in fact wrong
. Rather than the files themselves being a security risk, it seems the way Office 2003 parses the documents is actually where the security risk comes into play – go figure.
Microsoft claims they posted the complicated registry workaround only because they thought only a few people would need it – so much for supporting the little guy. Either way, they claim it was a mistake – and addressed it. Now there are downloadable updates which unblock older files, without having to root around in the registry.