Microsoft forgets Mac users on Patch Tuesday

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac bug patched

For a few days last week, Microsoft temporarily had Macintosh amnesia as it omitted mention of the Mac edition of Office in a write-up that accompanied one of Tuesday's security updates.

On Thursday, however, the company remembered that it supports Apple's operating system, and it revised Security Bulletin MS07-036, one of the three patch collections graded "critical," to include Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac among the afflicted programs.

The three vulnerabilities in Excel on the Mac detailed by MS07-036 were all graded "important" in Microsoft's four-level threat-scoring system, one peg below the topmost "critical." The "important" ranking was the same as for all Windows versions of Excel, except for the spreadsheet included with Office 2000. "These vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Excel file," Microsoft said in the bulletin.

Actually, only the patch side of Microsoft blanked on the Mac's edition vulnerabilities; the company's Mac development group had posted an update, designated 11.3.6, on Tuesday. The 15.4MB update, available in English, German, Spanish, Japanese and four other localized editions, can be downloaded from Mactopia.com, Microsoft's Mac-specific site.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?