OpenOffice quashes database bug

Fifth flaw this year lets attackers hijack systems with malicious database doc

OpenOffice.org fixed a critical flaw Wednesday in its suite's database engine that attackers could use to shanghai a computer, and the project's organizers urged customers to update to 2.3.1 as soon as possible.

The bug in HSQLDB, a lightweight, all-Java SQL database engine, can be used to force OpenOffice to execute Java code planted in a rigged database document, said Danish vulnerability tracker Secunia ApS in an alert posted Wednesday. OpenOffice.org also posted an advisory on the bug.

Versions of the free application suite prior to the just-released 2.3.1 are vulnerable, added Secunia. The refreshed edition can be downloaded from the OpenOffice.org site in versions for Windows, Linux and Solaris.

The open-source project's organizers had patched the suite as recently as September, when flaws in how it handles TIFF image files were disclosed. According to Secunia, OpenOffice.org has plugged five security holes so far this year.

The suite is most popular on Linux but is also used as an alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Office and other for-a-fee bundles.

OpenOffice.org is shooting for a March 2008 delivery date for the next major upgrade, dubbed 2.4.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?