Microsoft ships delayed patches for Office for Mac 2008

Fixes four bugs a month after it disclosed them and patched Office 2011

Microsoft on Wednesday issued an Office for Mac 2008 security update that patched four vulnerabilities the company had disclosed but not addressed last month.

Office for Mac 2004, which harbors the same four flaws, remains unpatched, however.

On Nov. 9, Microsoft released an update for Office for Mac 2011 -- which shipped just two weeks earlier -- that patched four bugs, all rated "important," the second-highest threat ranking in the company's four-step scoring system. At the time, Microsoft labeled each of the four with the phrase "remote code execution," indicating that they could be used by attackers to infect a Mac with malware.

But it did not update Office for Mac 2008 or 2004 at the same time.

In reply to questions last month, Microsoft's Jerry Bryant said that the updates for Mac Office 2004 and 2008 weren't ready, but the company chose to issue fixes that were finished, particularly those for the more popular Office suites for Windows.

"Normally, we release updates for all affected products at the same time, [but] in cases where the vast majority of our customers are at potential risk and we can provide protections, we may decide to release updates for those products, if ready, ahead of products where the risk is very low," Bryant said at the time.

Wednesday's 333MB update to Office for Mac 2008 also includes some stability improvements to Entourage, the e-mail client included with that version of the suite, Microsoft said in an accompanying note on its support site.

Microsoft did not set a release date for Office for Mac 2004 fixes.

The company has delayed patches for the Mac version of its application suite before. In May 2009, Microsoft was criticized for shipping patches for the Windows version of PowerPoint when it delayed fixes for the same flaws in the Mac software until the following month.

Users of Office for Mac 2008 can download the 12.2.8 update from Microsoft's site, or use the suite's auto-update tool to retrieve and install the patches.

The latter lists the release date of the update as next Tuesday, Dec. 14 -- the month's usual Patch Tuesday for Microsoft security fixes -- hinting that Microsoft pushed the patches out several days earlier than planned.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags securityMicrosoftoperating systemssoftwareMalware and VulnerabilitiesMac OS

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gregg Keizer

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

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

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?