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OpenOffice.org Spurns Security Worries

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OpenOffice.org has rejected accusations that its open-source application suite is at least as susceptible to attack as Microsoft's Office in a terse statement posted on its Web site.

"The OpenOffice.org community confirms it regards security as of the highest importance and will react immediately to any security issues," the statement read.

In a study conducted by the French Ministry of Defense's Signal Corps, researchers alleged that the danger from viruses and worms to OpenOffice.org is at least as high as for Microsoft Office, and may be higher.

The charges are of particular importance in Europe, where OpenOffice.org has gained traction in government circles as agencies try to wean themselves from the proprietary document formats used by Microsoft Office. In France, government users of the open-source suite include the Ministry of Defense.

French researchers were particularly concerned with macro security in OpenOffice.org, and pegged the problems as ones "at the conceptual level" of the suite.

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