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Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:10:46 +0100
From: magnum <>
Subject: Re: Decrypting PPT files

On 2014-01-30 22:38, Matt Weir wrote:
> So another question I have regarding this: Can the $oldoffice$3* hash
> format create false positives? Basically I "cracked" the hash but when I
> use it to open up the powerpoint file in question, powerpoint just hangs.
> Please note when I enter in the wrong password, Powerpoint will instead say
> that the password is invalid.

There should be no false positives and I think the sympthoms rather 
indicate your (presumably newer) Office version has a bug when loading 
the older format. Maybe try older Office versions or some other 
alternatives like converters, viewers or even things like LibreOffice 
and see if they can open it.


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