Microsoft Redaction Add-in

Microsoft has released a redaction tool for Word 2003 available in the download center.
As advertised it allows the document user to mark out sections of a document such that the sections are blacked out. The text is removed from the document and replaced with blacked out text.
I seem to recall a problem in Adobe’s implementation of this in their software where the black text was simply over the hidden text. The hidden text wasn’t redacted at all, but available to any attacker. Lets hope Microsoft hasn’t made a similar mistake. Anyone taking bets on how long it takes before someone uncovers that sort of vulnerability in this Microsoft product.
I particularly get a kick out of their note: “We recommend that you carefully review any documents redacted using this tool to confirm that all the information that you intended to redact was successfully redacted.” Ugh.