"Le ministère de la Défense met OpenOffice à l'index"

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"Le ministère de la Défense met OpenOffice à l'index"

Louis Suarez-Potts-3
There has been comment in the media about a report on a French  
language website: "Le ministère de la Défense met OpenOffice à l'index"

The ZDNet article [1] claims to describe the proceedings of a  
confidential meeting within the French public administration. It is  
not appropriate for the OpenOffice.org community to comment on a leak  
from a private meeting. However, one of the people mentioned in the  
article, Eric Filiol, has posted two replies to the online article  
clarifying the purpose of the research and correcting some of the  
incorrect conclusions in the original article.

The OpenOffice.org office suite is being widely adopted within the  
French public administration, and the OpenOffice.org community has  
been working closely with the departments involved. OpenOffice.org is  
pleased that its source code is being scrutinised by the most  
important and respected department of security in France.

If security vulnerabilities are suspected, there is a well defined  
procedure within the IT industry for reporting, analysing, and  
resolving any issues, which aims to minimise any public announcement  
(and the resulting creation of exploits) until fixes are available.

The OpenOffice.org community confirms it regards security as of the  
highest importance and will react immediately to any security issues  
reported by the French public administration or other competent  
bodies or individuals.

-The OpenOffice.org Team

[1] http://www.zdnet.fr/actualites/informatique/ 

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