Microsoft Releases Office Symbols to Aid in Bug Research


In an effort to aid security issue finders and reporters, Microsoft Office has begun to publish Office symbols for Windows.

Symbol files, which are produced by the compiler during application building, contain symbols, which are bits of information used during debugging. Some of these images are referred to as “public symbols.”

They are used in all types of debugging and contain fundamental data like function names and global variables. “Stripped symbol files” are symbol files that only include public symbols. Beginning on August 9, Microsoft Office will start disseminating stripped symbol files through the Microsoft Public Symbol Server to give security researchers more resources when looking for bugs in Office applications and to aid them in producing more thorough reports.

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