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Old 08-31-2017, 04:27 PM
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There are other issues beyond that.

One prominent actuary at one of the largest insurance companies used the password string as an argument every single time when he was unlocking the workbook through the macro.

He should've set the password to a constant string variable and passed that variable as the argument to avoid someone snoping around the excel files using notepad and seeing the unencrypted password.

I'm shocked that these are the brightest people in the actuarial field.
Generally, Excel's security features do not prevent access or modification by a determined attacker who has a copy of the file. However, if you have a log of who has edited a file on a shared drive, the protection features establish that those edits are intentional and the log tells you who made them. The list of people who have been given the password also tells you who was supposed to be making edits.

Additionally, most doors with "Employees Only" signs are unlocked. It's the same concept.
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Isn't it concerning that even an 8-year-old can hack into tools of major insurance companies with ease?
And by the time that they're 16, they're accidentally getting into the North Korean National Missile System and inadvertently launching a nuclear missile at Japan.
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