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On Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 3:48 PM, Ady Ady <> wrote:

 Hello Users of LibreOffice,

Once in a while I visit the Release Plan wiki page,

From that wiki page, I recently tried to visit the "5.0.2" -> "RC1"
page (more than once), but my OS hangs when I click on the relevant

What is important here, is whether just the browser hangs or the whole
operating system (Windows) hangs.
If you can switch to other programs with Alt-Tab, then it is just a browser
that got stuck and somewhat less severe in a security sense.

When a web page can make a computer hang, then it is quite valuable to
security researchers
to identify and isolate the HTML code that causes this result.
In security terms, this is called a Denial of Service (DOS).
If the real underlying cause is something called a "memory corruption",
then it might be possible for attackers to adjust the HTML code
so that they can infect a computer. If someone can do the analysis,
then they pay money for those things in the security industry
(for example,

From your description below, it is more likely related to Avast (since both
Firefox and IE are affected).
To narrow down, you can disable Avast and try to visit the page again.
If your computer hangs even with Avast disabled, then please share that
with us ;-).

If your computer is OK with Avast disabled, then obviously the problem is
with Avast.
Avast has a "bug bounty" program and they pay at least $400 when you report
them bugs.
See more at


Of course, it could be just a coincidence. I am reluctant to try to
reach these pages again, especially considering that every new wiki
page in the series is based on the prior one.

I am using Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit, with Internet Explorer 9
and Mozilla Firefox 40.0.3, all updated.

The strange behavior happened with both web browsers.

I don't know whether some security tool being in use (e.g. Avast)
might be relevant.

I wanted to share this unusual experience, in case someone else
happens to see it too (or something similar, or at least uncommon),
and/or maybe it might be worth someone checking the source of these
wiki pages (and their related nested templates).

I am aware that this behavior (hanging OS) would be considered
"unlikely to be triggered by some wiki page". The fact that it
happened to me more than once while following the same links (but
nowhere else) pushed me to at least comment on it.


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