Microsoft has released updates for Office 2008, Office 2004, and its Open XML Convertor that focus on security.
The software maker says that the Microsoft Office 2008 12.1.9 and Microsoft Office 2004 11.5.5 updates include fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker could use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code.
The Office 2008 update also readies the office productivity suite for the installation of Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac, Web Services Edition. That update, promised at Macworld Expo and later released as a beta, lets Entourage connect to servers running Exchange 2007 SP1 or later via the Exchange Web Services format instead of WebDAV for improved compatibility, performance, and reliability. The final release of Web Services Edition is expected later this year, and the 12.1.9 update for Office 2008 must be installed before that Entourage update.
The Microsoft Open XML Convertor 1.0.3 update released Tuesday also fixes the vulnerability that would let an attacker put malicious code on a Mac. Open XML Convertor is used to convert Open XML files created in Office 2008 for Mac or Office 2007 for Windows so that they can be opened, edited, and saved in earlier versions of Office for Mac.
The updates are available from Microsoft's download page.
This story, "Office Updates From Microsoft Tackle Security" was originally published by Macworld.