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.