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Re^2: Xlxs Parsing Issue

by dasgar (Curate)
on Nov 08, 2013 at 00:50 UTC ( #1061649=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Xlxs Parsing Issue
in thread Xlxs Parsing Issue

On one hand, I agree with you and I personally prefer to use Win32::OLE to control Excel when trying to manipulate Excel files when on a Windows system that has Excel installed.

However, I would urge caution about leveraging macros, which is what I think that you're referring to when you mention "VB script". To make a long story short, apparently there was a situation at my job some time prior to when I started where a macros in an Excel file got infected by a virus and was deleting "random" files on our file server whenever that macros was run. I don't have all of the details on what happened there. Also, there's a reason that Microsoft's latest versions of Office has macros disabled by default.

Not disagreeing with you on anything, but just wanted to pass on a word of caution.

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Re^3: Xlxs Parsing Issue
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 08, 2013 at 00:55 UTC
    That word of caution applies to any and every file on windows -- they're all attack vector -- every file is executable

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