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From "Takashi Komatsubara" <takashi....@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Do we should be able to extract text from ownter-password protected pdf file?
Date Mon, 31 Aug 2009 23:52:18 GMT

Sorry If I am wrong ... but just let me explain some.

Owner-password protected PDF file, I could extract the text.
Use-password protected PDF file, I could "NOT" extract the text.

When you open the owner-password protected pdf file, we can see the content 
without specifing "password".
That's the point.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Adam@swmc.com>
To: <pdfbox-dev@incubator.apache.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 3:17 AM
Subject: Re: Do we should be able to extract text from ownter-password 
protected pdf file?

I tested you patch and confirmed that this does NOT work for encrypted
files.  Here's the stacktrace:

Exception in thread "main"
org.apache.pdfbox.exceptions.CryptographyException: Error: The supplied
password does not match either the owner or user password in the document.
        at org.apache.pdfbox.ExtractText.main(ExtractText.java:184)

In case my line numbers are off, line 184 is: document.openProtection( sdm
); which happens before the lines which were commented out by your patch.

I believe you're saying that the text can be extracted from password
protected, non-encrypted files.  If it's possible to password protect PDFs
without using encryption, that's news to me.   I'm not sure what the point
would be of password protecting something if you're not going to encrypt
it, since that would only give a false sense of security, not any actual
security.  So, I just wanted to clear that up so people don't read your
post and think that all PDF security is completely broken.  When I first
read it, I thought you were implying that any password protected document
could be read without the password.

As for whether we "should" be able to do this or not, I'd say the
ExtractText program which comes with PDFBox should respect the permissions
by default, and perhaps have an option to extract password protected,
unencrypted documents (without a password).  I'm not sure what one would
call that option... -bypassPassword ?


"Takashi Komatsubara" <takashi.smi@gmail.com>
08/31/2009 04:05
Please respond to


Do we should be able to extract text from ownter-password protected pdf

Hi team,

Technically, we can do extract text from "Owner" password protected pdf
without specifing "owner" password. Right?

Do we should be able to do that ? or not.

The reason why I'm asking is I am using the PDFBox for audting the content

of the pdf file.
So, whether the user want to make "text extract" permission disabled or
I need to look into the content of the "owner password" protected pdf

Old PDFbox could do this.

What do you think?


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