Microsoft releases Microsoft Office for Mac Security Updates

Microsoft has released Microsoft Office v. X for Mac Security Update (2006-08-08). Microsoft claims that this update fixes product vulnerabilities in Office v. X that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code. Applies to: Office v. X, Microsoft Word X for Mac, Microsoft Excel X for Mac, Microsoft PowerPoint X for Mac, Microsoft Entourage X for Mac.

More info here.

Microsoft has also released Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.2.6 Update. Microsoft claims that this update fixes vulnerabilities in Office 2004 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code. Applies to: Office 2004 Standard Edition, Office 2004 Student and Teacher Edition, Office 2004 Professional Edition, Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac, Microsoft Excel 2004 for Mac, Microsoft PowerPoint 2004 for Mac, Microsoft Entourage 2004 for Mac.

More info here.

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16 Comments

  1. I admit, I love Office. It has it’s quirks, but there is not another package that can beat it for completeness and compatibility with the vast majority of other people in the working world.

    But why the heck does it have to be that M$ produces the only thing on my Mac that provides any real security threat?!?!? I swear that M$ codes their apps and OS to INCLUDE security holes on purpose. I mean, damn, with all their resources, why can’t they improve year over year rather than get worse??? [the age old question]

  2. Apple users will continue to use Office until Apple comes out with something just as good that is COMPLETELY compatible with Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc… etc… (this will not happen anytime in the next decade)

  3. i used to think it was just winows microsoft f*@cked up, but no, its everything they touch, how do they manage it, my friends windows mobile recently crashed and he lost EVERYTHING, yet he carries on lol

  4. Keeping count, this is the 4th time this year MS has issued a patch that allegedly “fixes vulnerabilities in Office 2004 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.”

    Um, thanks? I guess?

    This is like having an ADT worker come to your house for the 4th time to repair your home security alarm system, even though it didn’t work the first 3 times you were robbed…

    Enough is enough.

    iWork works for me. Spreadsheets need to be addressed but that is looking up…

  5. Leave it to Microsoft to be the only ones to make it possible for “an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code” on a Mac. Congratulations.

  6. Lock the file: Normal.dot so that Office cannot write to it. Since macro viruses need to store themselves in that file in order to spread, locking it should take care of more than 90% of the threats.

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