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10 June 2009, 13:37

Microsoft issues security updates for Office 2004 and 2008 for Mac

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Microsoft has released updates for its Office 2004 and 2008 suites for Macintosh that patch several critical security vulnerabilities. The updates patch a critical vulnerability in Word that could be used by an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a victims system. For an attack to be successful, a victim must first open a specially crafted malicious Word file.

Microsoft also released an update for the Open XML File Formate Converter for Mac. Version 1.0.3 addresses several vulnerabilities that could be used by an attacker to execute malicious code. Microsoft advises all users to apply the updates as soon as possible.

The security advisories from Microsoft, however, make no official mention of the promised updates to PowerPoint to correct the previously reported critical vulnerabilities.

The 1.0.3 update for the Open XML File Format Converter, 11.5.5 update for Office 2004 and the 12.1.9 update for Office 2008 are available to download directly from Microsoft, or through using the built-in updater by opening an Office application, such as Word, and selecting 'Check for Updates' in the Help menu.

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