Password Protected Word Document

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    • #2306
      Mr. Roboto
      Participant

      Does anyone have a suggestion on what method would be best to crack a password protected MS Word document?

    • #17344
      rance
      Participant

      I’d manually try the obvious things first; password, document, 12345, qwerty, etc.

      Failing that, you’ll probably have to look at a commercial brute forcer.

    • #17345
      BillV
      Participant

      Yeah, there are several programs available specifically for MS Office applications. Just do a quick search and I’m sure you’ll come up with many options.

    • #17346
      Mr. Roboto
      Participant

      Thanks for your suggestions guys.  I was under the gun to get this document ready for adjustments ASAP.

      The fix was pretty easy…after I tried 1,2,3,4,5 and qwerty…(thanks Rance), I saved the document to html.  From there, the password restrictions were lifted and I was able to copy and paste it into a new document.

    • #17347
      shawal
      Participant

      you mean  you still did not have the password, however you were able to convert it and make it unsecure? that would be a bug wouldn’t it?

    • #17348
      Mr. Roboto
      Participant

      @shawal wrote:

      you mean  you still did not have the password, however you were able to convert it and make it unsecure? that would be a bug wouldn’t it?

      Surely you aren’t suggesting that there are bugs in Microsoft products? 🙂

    • #17349
      Bogwitch
      Participant

      I guess Mr Roboto didn’t make it clear.
      I assume the document was password protected from modification but not from opening. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
      Alternative methods could be:
      1. Use OpenOffice Writer.
      2. Save as a different format. I would use RTF as the HTML produced by MS Word is [s:1gqi1d41]crap[/s:1gqi1d41] not very good. IIRC, saved as RTF, you will still need to remove the protection but there is no password to enter. I think that’s how it works but I don’t have MS Office with me to play with!

    • #17350
      Mr. Roboto
      Participant

      Right.  The document could be opened, but not modified.  Good suggestions Bogwitch.

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