Microsoft Patches Excel Security Flaws

Microsoft released updates for Office 2004, 2008 and 2011 for the Mac on Tuesday to patch a security flaw in the Excel spreadsheet application. The security hole could allow an attacker to gain the same level of access to a Mac as the current user through a maliciously crafted Excel document.

Microsoft Office for MacOffice updates address Excel security issues

Office 2004 11.6.4 and Office 2008 12.3.0 address the security related issues, and Office 2011 14.1.2 also includes additional fixes for Word and Outlook.

The Office 2011 Word update improves stability when using the Template Gallery or using Advanced Find and Replace, and improves stability when using Hiragana typing mode.

The Office 2011 Outlook update addressed issues where data could be lost in delegated items, login issues related to the Office 2011 Service Pack 1 update, and fixed time zone issues for users in Australia.

The updates are free and available for download at the Microsoft Mac Web site.