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QuickSand.io version 2.0.1 major release

Check out our new version of QuickSand.io. Now supports PDF and documents (Office OLE/OpenOffice and RTF) all in a single tool.


We now use a risk description to define the risk from each document. Generally documents or PDFs will have either active content like macros or scripts, or contain an exploit.

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