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Office for Mac 2011, 2008 updates fix security, stability

updated 04:40 pm EST, Tue December 13, 2011

2011 patch solves problems with earlier updates

Microsoft has released two new Office for Mac updates. The first, Office for Mac 2011 14.1.4, deals with security vulnerabilities, as well as as some "extremely important" stability and reliability issues. It should in fact allow some copies of Office to finally update properly, since earlier patches would potentially fail if they were installed simultaneously, through SSH, or to a system where the home directory contains a space.

Glitches have also been fixed with inaccurate password expiration warnings in Outlook, and Excel freezing or quitting after trying to open workbooks or use data validation. The suite as a whole should now properly grant access to IRM-restricted documents. The v14.1.4 update is a 112.6MB download.

Office 2008 for Mac 12.3.2 measures 285.5MB, but is comparatively smaller in effect, dealing only with two security holes in PowerPoint. These allowed complete control of a target computer through specially-crafted presentation files. Microsoft notes, though, that attacks were potentially less severe if the affected account didn't have administrative rights.

by MacNN Staff



  1. dmwood

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Installer balks at Office for Mac 2008 12.3.2 upda

    Same behavior on my work and home machines, the former running Lion, the latter Snow Leopard 10.6.8 after a lengthy download the Installer balks, claiming files needed for the installation are not present on my disk. (I'm running version 12.3.1 of Office 2008, which has given me no particular problems.) I believe this is a bug in the update release.

    In the console I see (on a home machine)

    12/13/11 8:44:00 PM [0x0-0x2f62f6][47912] /Users/dmwood/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/15089Office 2008 12.3.2 Update.mpkg/Contents/Resources/build_package_map:6: DeprecationWarning: The popen2 module is deprecated. Use the subprocess module.
    12/13/11 8:44:00 PM [0x0-0x2f62f6][47912] from popen2 import Popen3, Popen4
    12/13/11 8:44:00 PM [0x0-0x2f62f6][47912] /Users/dmwood/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/15089Office 2008 12.3.2 Update.mpkg/Contents/Resources/volume_updatable:5: DeprecationWarning: The popen2 module is deprecated. Use the subprocess module.
    12/13/11 8:44:00 PM [0x0-0x2f62f6][47912] from popen2 import Popen3
    12/13/11 8:44:04 PM [0x0-0x2f62f6][47912] /Users/dmwood/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/15089Office 2008 12.3.2 Update.mpkg/Contents/Resources/office_updatable:5: DeprecationWarning: The popen2 module is deprecated. Use the subprocess module.
    12/13/11 8:44:04 PM [0x0-0x2f62f6][47912] from popen2 import Popen3
    12/13/11 8:44:04 PM package_updatable[48017] package_updatable - ERROR
    12/13/11 8:44:04 PM [0x0-0x2f62f6][47912] 2011-12-13 20:44:04.360 package_updatable[48017:903] package_updatable - ERROR
    12/13/11 8:44:04 PM [0x0-0x2f62f6][47912] verify_entourage_version: Expected most-significant digit of '13' but got '12'

    Anyone else experiencing this annoying (and time consuming!) problem? --Thanks

  1. facebook_David

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    I am not able to reproduce this, nor have I heard other comments on this. Since you are seeing this on 2 machines, there may be something specific set on your machines.

    Is the console report the same on the Lion machine (in regard to the line package_updateable - ERROR)?


    David Pelton
    Office for the Mac Release Test Lead

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