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Subject [Bug 120153] New: Save xls format WITHOUT password creates a password protected file
Date Mon, 02 Jul 2012 22:08:43 GMT

          Priority: P3
            Bug ID: 120153
           Summary: Save xls format WITHOUT password creates a password
                    protected file
          Severity: major
        Issue Type: DEFECT
    Classification: Application
                OS: Windows XP
          Hardware: All
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
           Version: AOO 3.4.0
         Component: save-export
           Product: spreadsheet

I have the following scenario:

1) Open a password protected .xlsx file produced using Excel 2007
2) Calc opens it just fine after entering the password created in Excel
3) 'Save As' in Calc and select Excel 97/2000/XP format
4) Deselect the box 'Save with password'

Saves OK but when you try to reopen it (with Calc or Excel) it asks for a
password (despite deselecting the option when saving) and crucially it is NOT
the password that the Excel file had originally. Few more notes:

1) If I do select the box 'Save with password' it works as expected - ie it
asks for and sets a password which then works
2) This is repeatable - ie it happens every time (having discovered it I have
tried the same procedure on several xlsx files and it does it every time).

Obviously now I know about it I won't do it BUT I have several files that I
have spent the last few hours processing that I would really like not to have
to start again. I am trying a brute force password cracker now but don't hold
out much hope as I have no idea what length password may have ended up being
created (the original was 7 characters).

Anyone come across this, any ideas how I can open the files?


OpenOffice 3.4 on XP Pro (SP3)

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