| By Susan Bradley |
Office 2003 Service Pack 3 is out, bringing the security of Office 2007 to the 2003 platform.
But, at the same time, there are a few “gotchas” with Office 2003 SP3 that you need to look out for.
Give SP3 your attention, but watch for quirks
When Office 2003 SP3 came out last week, some folks started installing it the very same day. When it comes to security patches, especially the ones that fix high-risk threats, I typically install them the same week that they’re released.
Service packs, however, are much more complex than mere patches — especially application-level service packs, which cannot be uninstalled. So I take the time to do my homework first. For Office 2003 SP3, your homework includes reading all of the information in Knowledge Base article 923618, which lists this service pack’s known issues.
Reading that KB article, you’ll probably wonder why Microsoft even released this service pack, since it breaks at least nine different things. The fact is that the security protections included in Office 2003 SP3 blocks older, insecure versions of Office file formats. This protection, I hope you’ll agree, will be worth the inconvenience.
As one example, the security features known as Moice (Microsoft Office Isolated Conversion Environment) are now included in Office 2003 SP3. This file-blocking technique was first announced back in May 2007 in MS security advisory 937696.