Office Binary Formats – ….again?


Recently covered by Slashdot, Microsoft has re-released (ok, apparently the April releases were actually ‘preliminary versions‘…) the binary file format details for legacy (pre-Office 2007) Microsoft Office formats (direct link [64 MB file]) (licensing terms for using the information).
 
Notably absent: Microsoft Access.. the hardest file format to reverse engineer.  In 2001-02 when I worked for an Anti-Virus startup company in Brookvale, NSW and part of my job was to extract Office macro code (VBA) from Office file formats.  Access was the toughest, and I only managed to extract the macro code from Access 97 and 2000 – Never managed Access 2003 (native)….

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