| By Susan Bradley |
Microsoft released this week four different security bulletins for MS Office, but (with a few exceptions) they seem to shape us as pretty tame updates.
The old saying about March weather coming in like a lion, but going out like a lamb, is just about the way this patching month has shaped up.
MS08-014 (949029, 946979, 946976, 943985, 946974, 943889, 947801, 949357, and 948057)
Got Excel? Now’s the time to get it patched
Back in January 2008, Microsoft security advisory 947563 was published, indicating a security issue with Excel files. We now, finally, have a patch for I’d call the “Got Excel, get a patch” flaw.
This is the most crucial security bulletin for you to install this week. MS08-014 patches Excel 2000, Excel 2002 (XP), Excel 2003, Excel 2007, Excel 2004 for Macintosh, and even the recently released Excel 2008 for the Macintosh.
If you don’t have Excel installed, but this patch is offered up to you anyway, it’s probably due to the fact that you have an Office file viewer installed. Look to see if this is the case in your Add/Remove Programs control panel (in Vista, check the Programs and Features control panel in the “classic view”).
In addition, you will still be offered this patch, even if you have Office 2003 SP3 or Office 2007 SP1 (which are not vulnerable), due to the fact that the security bulletin’s update files are newer than what may be installed.