Microsoft Update Fixes Office For Mac 2011 Security Flaw



Earlier this week Microsoft released updates for the Mac versions of Office 2004, 2008, and 2011 that address some issues with security, stability, and reliability. Users of these versions of Microsoft Office are encouraged to update their software.

Complete information about the security updates for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 can be found in security bulletin MS11-045. Microsoft details other changes to the 2011 version of Office as follows:

The Office for Mac 2011 14.1.2 Update contains several changes that improve security, stability, and reliability. In addition, this update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of a computer’s memory by using malicious code.

Improvements that are included in the update

The Office for Mac 2011 14.1.2 Update includes the following improvements:

Improvements for all Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 applications

Security is improved.
This update fixes vulnerabilities in Office 2011 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code. For more information, see the security bulletin that is listed earlier in this document.

Improvements for Microsoft Outlook for Mac 2011

Reliability of Free/Busy information is improved
This update fixes an issue that causes incorrect Free/Busy information to be shown in Outlook 2011 when Microsoft Exchange servers are located in the UTC +8 Perth time zone.

Reliability of delegate information is improved
This update fixes issues that sometimes cause delegate information to be lost when the following conditions are true:

  • Changes are made to account settings.
  • User certificates are added or removed.

Stability is improved
This update fixes an issue that causes some users to be unable to log on after you upgrade to Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1.

Improvements for Microsoft Word for Mac 2011

Reliability is improved for Japanese users typing in Hiragana input mode
This update fixes an issue that causes the wrong characters to be displayed when you use Hiragana input mode.

Stability is improved
This update fixes issues that sometimes cause Word for Mac 2011 to crash, such as the following:

  • When you try to open items from the template gallery.
  • When you use Advanced Find and Replace.

You can download a copy of Microsoft Office for Mac 14.1.2 update package here or use the included Microsoft updater to automatically download and install the required update.

  • Munas

    yeah, but they have not fixed some bugs. Like one, they (Microsoft) telling developers are working on, but it seams it takes too long to fix it…
    The bug I am talking about is that external eSATA device changes a computer fingertips, the Microsoft is defining the computer by. If I use, let’s say Excel with no problems with sSATA switched off, then if I switch eSATA disk/enclosure on – on a Microsoft office 2011 application start it requires to enter a license key. Ok, its, no problem – I can enter that. However, it will work on conditions eSATA is switched on. If I power off eSATA device it will think it is different computer and pop-up with a license key entrance request again.
    And this never ending license key requests drives me crazy.
    The answer from Microsoft is “That the problem is known and developers are working on it”

  • Guest

    anyone know when the new iWork is coming out?

  • Mark

    Usual Microsoft balls-up: if you just launch the Microsoft Updater from your Apps folder, it says no updates currently available. However, if you launch any of the apps (Word, Excel etc.) and check fro updates from the Help menu, the update appears immediately. Why am I not surprised at this usual half-arsed half-job? :-S