This week,Microsoft patched a number of flaws in its Office for Mac software, strengthening the security of the productivity suite. One vulnerability in particular could allow remote code execution on Macintosh computers.
- Microsoft Office 2008 F C3 Bcr Mac Update 12.3 64
- Microsoft Office 2008 For Mac 12.3.6 Update
- Office 2008 Update 12.3.6
Office 2008 is discontinued & fully unsupported. There will be no more updates for it & it has not been updated since March of 2013 - more than 2 years before the release of Sierra. In fact, it's digital certificate has expired, so it can't even be installed/updated on a Sierra box without temporarily setting back the system clock. Open any Microsoft Office application. You can open Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook. To access any of the Office apps on your Mac, click the desktop and click Go in the top menu bar, and then select Applications in the drop-down menu.
The security update released for both Office for Mac editions “resolves one publicly disclosed and five privately reported vulnerabilities,” Microsoft said in an advisory.
“The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file,” reads the tech note. “An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the logged-on user.”
Some users could be less impacted, such as those whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system. People who operate with administrative user rights are more prone to an attack.
Rated Important by Microsoft, this update targets all supported editions of Microsoft Excel 2003, Microsoft Excel 2007, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, and Microsoft Office for Mac 2011.
Supported versions of Microsoft Excel Viewer and Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack are also targeted.
Microsoft explains how the patch works, noting that “The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by correcting the way that Microsoft Excel validates data when opening specially crafted Excel files.”
Microsoft Office 2008 F C3 Bcr Mac Update 12.3 64
Customers looking for more information about the vulnerabilities are encouraged to see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection.
“For administrators and enterprise installations, or end users who want to install this security update manually, Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update at the earliest opportunity using update management software, or by checking for updates using the Microsoft Update service,” the advisory adds.
Starting on July 20, 2009, at 10 a.m. PDT, customers running the latest version of the office System for the Mac OS X platform will be able to access the second service pack for the productivity suite right from Microsoft. The Redmond company revealed that the downloads were scheduled to go live here, but that the bits would also be served through Microsoft AutoUpdate. As is the case with the service packs for the Windows flavor of Office, Service Pack 2 Office 2008 for Mac will be available for download for free for all current customers of the Mac OS X alternative to Office 2007.
“There’s never been a better time to try Office 2008 for Mac — with SP2 we are not only delivering on top customer requests midcycle, but also taking a first step in bringing Microsoft software plus services to Mac users,” explained Mike Tedesco, senior product manager for MacBU at Microsoft. “This connection unlocks the door for Mac users to Microsoft services for easier collaboration and file sharing with colleagues, customers and classmates.”
According to Microsoft, Office 2008 for Mac SP2 is designed to kick user experience up a notch and to enhance the current levels of the product's speed, stability and compatibility. The Redmond company indicated that it took customer feedback into consideration when building the second service pack for Office 2008 for Mac. In this context, the update delivers a new tool, Document Connection for Mac, a solution designed to boost access and tasks such as document browsing on SharePoint Products and Technologies and Microsoft Office Live Workspace.
Microsoft Office 2008 For Mac 12.3.6 Update
“Highlights of the release include the following: two new highly requested features in Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 for Mac. Custom Path Animation adds the ability to author motion-path animations. Users previously could only play back motion paths. Default Theme lets users define their default theme, including fonts, color scheme and slide layouts. Increased speed in Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac (launch and scroll times) as well as Microsoft Excel 2008 for Mac with features such as calculation performance,” Microsoft explained.
Office 2008 Update 12.3.6
In addition, the software giant revealed that it had not limited the service packs to just feature updates. In this sense, Office 2008 SP2 also introduced new capabilities set up to bring collaboration and file-sharing abilities to a new level. This is done via Microsoft Office Live Workspace, which bridges Microsoft Office Live Workspace to Microsoft Office applications. Mac OS X users will also be able to connect to Microsoft Office Live Workspace via Safari 4. Through Document Connection, Office 2008 for Mac streamlines collaboration tasks in SharePoint environments.