Leaked build and Staying Safe


I wanted to post quickly to acknowledge the information that you have seen today around bits of Office 2010 being leaked.  While all of us here are happy to see the incredible excitement and engagement (and are absolutely chomping at the bit to reach the July milestone) we aren’t quite ready to release the technical preview bits.  I would encourage all of you to wait until the official bits are available to ensure the best possible experience and not miss out on anything we may include. 

 

As a heads up, because we want to ensure our customers are safe, we have been monitoring various torrents and already detected quite a few that were infected.  As a reminder,  the Win 7 leak was used as a vector for attack and it’s not surprising to see this being used the same way.  So, please be aware that if you download this torrent there is a very good chance you are also getting some unexpected malware with it. 

 

In the meantime keep checking back as we will certainly have more updates.

 

Reed

Comments (19)

  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Il nuovo Office 2010. Qualcuno potrà già provarlo a luglio, grazie al lancio della Beta Technical Preview. Altri invece, dovranno aspettare qualche mese in più. Forse fino a dopo l’estate. Mentre, per il pacchetto ufficiale, la maggior parte degli utenti..

  3. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview sollte in Juli 2009 verfügbar sein ( wir arbeiten noch daran

  4. Anonymous says:

    All users understand leaked builds are interim builds, and until you get to RTM you will have interim builds.  The official TP build will immediately leak, thus imposing democracy onto what does not need to be invitational, and allowing testing to be conducted more widely.  This is why medicine is based on multi-center trails with large numbers in order to try to get the safest and most efficacious meds.

    Thanks for starting this blog.  I’ve learned a lot from the one Sinofsky, Devann, and the girls and boys on the Windows teams have been running on Win 7, and hopefully I can learn about Office 2010 above and under the hood here.

    I would think that if you follow the advice of MSFT,  Technet and MSDN security sites at a minimum, and you have decent AV protection, and in theory if you’re running Vista or Win 7 using their firewalls, or you have a firewall in conjunction to your AV program, you should be able to screen malware that might come with a torrent before it infects your box.  I would think if you’re running Windows One Care, as I did before Win 7 wouldn’t let me, you’d be protected or the Forefront Architecture modeled "Morro" when it ships later this year as part of (or not) Win 7 when it ships to OEMs in August and  RTMs about October 15.

    I’m talking about sites like:

    http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.mspx

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/default.aspx

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/security/default.aspx

    I mean–isn’t that why those sites exist–to read ’em and learn to protect yourself on a windows box?

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would just encourage you to keep in mind that what you are playing with isn’t the official TP build so things are subject to change.

    That said, I am happy to hear it installed OK, definitely double check to make sure you didn’t get one of the bots we have found with the bits.  

  6. Anonymous says:

    If you have AV that’s competent, you would pick up the malware.  That’s the whole point of having AV protection.

    References and tips on Using Office 2010 are few and far between in contrast to using Windows 7 t at this point in time.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview should be available in July 2009 ( we are still working on it

  8. Anonymous says:

    All very good points from reedshaft.  MSFT has ramped up education and spent considerable time and money beginning shortly after the launch of XP toward security; and there are some neat security features coming in Win 7 including Bitlocker to go Encryption.

    For anyone running Win 7 which probably means anyone here, I’ve found Avira free to do a great job as an antivirus at this point in time in running in the background with little CPU demand.

    Thanks Chugworth for the Sigcheck tool and switches.

    Mark Russinovich and his collegue were great additions at MSFT.

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/Going+Deep/Mark-Russinovich-Inside-Windows-7/

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx

    To MSFT’s credit, there will always be pandemic, intense curiosity about the latest build of Windows or when  the Office teams are building  new sets of tools.

    Gadgets are morphing so rapidly that they have become a central cultural fixture for work or play, along with the software that runs them, and a growing number of people are curious to see what tools and integration abilities new software like Office will
    bring.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Im running both the Windows 7 RC and the Office 2010 Technical Preview on my production machine without any notable issues. The office 2010 TP did an inplace upgrade of Office 2007 successfully.

    The only disappointment is that the ‘Conversation View’ feature in Outlook 2010 lacks any intelligence and seems to simply group by Subject.

    e.g. I had two emails from two difference people regarding different meetings with different parties on different dates. The only commonality was the subject of both emails was ‘Meeting’.

    Outlook grouped these emails and replies as ‘A Conversation’ which clearly they are not. It should be looking at a combination of the sender/recipiants of the email AND the subject, not just the subject alone.

  10. Anonymous says:

    If any of you are concerned, you can run Sigcheck to verify that all files such as ".cab", ".exe", ".msi", and ".dll" are correctly signed.  Sigcheck is available here:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897441.aspx

  11. Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand why comments that are meant to be constructive either don’t show up here when you sign in, or they are moderated over hours or days.

  12. Anonymous says:

    how about some info on what viruses/malware is embedded in these torrents and how to identify them?  sounds like a bit of fearmongering to keep people from using the bits.

  13. Anonymous says:

    You could also help people staying secure by releasing SHA1 Checksums of leaked builds 😉

  14. Anonymous says:

    Catching up on a number of comments:

    @hklm

    I approve pretty much everything that shows up, just takes a bit as there is a lot of non sense posted that is just completely off topic.  I will be faster in the future though. Very fair point.

    There are a number of comments about having proper malware protection installed, blocking viruses, etc.  While it’s certainly true that this will block the vast majority of attacks there are a number of reasons this is still a concern for us:

    1. You can’t pick everything up and not everyone is always running the most up to date malware software (particularly when less technical users get these downloads).  We want to keep users safe and realize that not everyone out there is aware of the options to keep themselves safe.  

    2. We know, per the link provided above, that this isn’t the first time leaked builds have been used as a malware vector.  The sophistication of attackers is often quite high and when they know a vector is successful, they are likely to use it again (and with the new things they want to try).

    3.  I love that people are chiming in here with how to stay secure.  It’s great advice and something that I think the community should provide at this stage.  Look the build leaked and we can’t stop that now, so it’s good to have folks like all of you helping out people getting it.  We release Technical Previews at the stages we do largely because of resourcing.  We want to be able to respond to your issues and so we weight time we need to spend just building the product versus time we can take to address customer points when the product is at a state worthy of testing.

    It also looks like there are some general questions on release date, resources like Tips and Tricks, etc.  Just want to remind folks that the tech preview out there is a build not supported by MSFT.  Come July you will see us take a very similar approach to Windows and the content will start to hit.  

    In the meantime, it looks like there is an appetite for more talk on the security front so I think we will probably throw up some more detailed information on that issue in just a bit.  @koawmfot, i will make sure we cover specfics in the post.  no fearmongering, just giving folks the heads up that it is there.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Is this the first reported case of a virus infection via the technical preview torrent? http://www.off14.com/microsoft-office-2010-technical-preview-screenshots/

  16. Anonymous says:

    If you have AV that’s competent, you would pick up the malware.  That’s the whole point of having AV protection.

    References and tips on Using Office 2010 are few and far between in contrast to using Windows 7 t at this point in time.

  17. Anonymous says:

    People, WHEN is Office 2010 Beta/RC/RTM release date?

    I signed up for TPP

    WHEN

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