[funsec] Things You Can't Say in Notepad

Bryan bryan.madhatter at gmail.com
Wed Jun 14 15:39:17 CDT 2006


It repros here in XP SP2.

On 6/14/06, Drsolly <drsollyp at drsolly.com> wrote:
>
> My Windows 98 Notepad doesn't have this problem
>
> Can anyone else reproduce this?
>
> On Wed, 14 Jun 2006, Fergie wrote:
>
> > Fukenbroken.  ;-)
> >
> > [snip]
> >
> > f you're a Windows user, open Notepad and type in this phrase, without
> > the quote marks and with no carriage return: "Bush hid the facts". Now
> > save it and open it again.
> >
> > The subversive text is probably gone, replaced by a line of white
> > boxes, or Chinese characters if you have the font.
> >
> > Weeeird.
> >
> > It's not the massive right-wing conspiracy it might seem, though. The
> > folks at WinCustomize.com discovered an odd bug in Notepad that's
> > triggered by a text file consisting of a four-letter word, two
> > three-letter words, and a five letter word. Some text does it -- "this
> > app can break" is their example -- some doesn't.
> >
> > If Microsoft can't keep strange bugs out of Windows' simplest
> > application, we'd better get used to the monthly security patch cycle.
> >
> > [snip]
> >
> > Link:
> > http://blog.wired.com/27BStroke6/index.blog?entry_id=1502576
> >
> > - ferg
> >
> >
> > --
> > "Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
> >  Engineering Architecture for the Internet
> >  fergdawg at netzero.net or fergdawg at sbcglobal.net
> >  ferg's tech blog: http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/
> >
> >
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