Description of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.3 Update

INTRODUCTION

Microsoft has released security bulletins MS09-067 and MS09-068. These security bulletins contain all the relevant information about the security updates for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac. To view the complete security bulletins, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:

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Update details

The Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.3 Update contains several changes that improve security, stability, and performance. In addition, this update includes fixes for vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of a computer's memory by using malicious code.

Improvements that are included in the update

The Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.3 Update includes the following improvements.

Improvements for all Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac applications

  • Security is improved.
    This update fixes vulnerabilities in Office 2008 that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer's memory with malicious code. For more information, see the security bulletin that is listed earlier in this document.
  • Stability is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes Office 2008 applications to close unexpectedly when you open or use Office 2008 applications.
    BUG #: 183699 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)BUG #: 183606 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)BUG #: 179743 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)BUG #: 185248 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)
  • Windows Office documents to which metafiles are attached now contain the correct text spacing when they are opened in Office 2008 for Mac.
    This update fixes text spacing issues that occur when you use Office 2008 for Mac to open a Windows Office document to which an OLE object or a metafile is attached.

Improvements for Microsoft Word 2008 for Mac

  • Stability is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes Word to close unexpectedly in the following scenarios:

Improvements for Microsoft Excel 2008 for Mac

  • Stability improved when you work with PivotTables.
    This update fixes an issue that causes Excel to close unexpectedly sometimes when you work with PivotTables.

    BUG #: 180347 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)
  • The Workday function excludes weekends and holidays. This update fixes an issue in which the Workday function includes weekends and holidays.
    BUG #: 187027 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)

Improvements for Microsoft PowerPoint 2008 for Mac

  • Stability is improved.
    This update fixes an issue that causes PowerPoint 2008 to do the following:
    • PowerPoint closes unexpectedly when you hide PowerPoint from the slide master.
      BUG #: 183516 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)
    • PowerPoint crashes when you click to edit text, and the Do not check Spelling option is selected in the Language dialog box that is in the Tools menu.
      BUG #: 183699 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)

Improvements for Microsoft Entourage 2008 for Mac

Improvements for Microsoft Document Connection for Mac

  • Stability is improved with Document Connection. This update fixes an issue that causes Document Connection not to open some files or to display an error in the following scenarios:
  • Copy Link on the shortcut menu can be used to copy a URL. This update includes the Copy Link command that lets you copy a URL by using the shortcut menu.
    BUG #: 177608 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)
  • The File icon displays the correct file status. This update fixes an issue that causes Document Connection to show the status of the Edit icon as Read-Only when a file is opened two times.
    BUG #: 177608 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)
  • Document Connection opens only the file that you intend to open. This update fixes an issue that causes Document Connection to also open a blank document every time that you open a file. This behavior only occurs when the application that is associated with the file is already open before you open the file from Document Connection.
    BUG #: 179577 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)
  • CMD+R is used for Refresh. This update assigns the keyboard shortcut CMD+R for Refresh.
    BUG #: 179828 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)
  • Accounts that use "@msn.com" can be used to connect to Office Live Workspace. This update fixes an issue that causes Document Connection to reject @msn.com accounts when you connect to Office Live Workspace.
    BUG #: 182770 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)
  • Zero kilobyte (KB) files can be uploaded to and downloaded from Document Connection. This update that causes Document Connection to reject blank files that are zero KB.
  • The file size of a newly uploaded file is reflected accurately. This update fixes an issue that causes Document Connection not to display the file size of a newly uploaded file until you update the screen.
    BUG #: 171839 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)
  • Document Connection displays site library names with escape characters correctly. This update fixes an issue that causes Document Connection to display random characters in site library names for escape characters.
    BUG #: 178792 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)
  • Document Connection stores passwords in the keychain for HTTPS sites. This update fixes an issue that causes Document Connection to prompt you for credentials even when your password is stored in the keychain. This issue occurred only for secured sites. BUG #: 181992 (Mac BU Main Bugbase)

Previously released improvements that are included in this update

This update includes all the improvements that were released in all previous Office 2008 updates. For more information about the improvements in a previous update, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

953822 Description of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.1 Update

956344 Description of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.2 Update
958267 Description of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.3 Update
960401 Description of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.5 Update
968694 Description of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.7 Update
971822 Description of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.9 Update
973254 Description of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.0 Update

974170 Description of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.1 Update

For more information about the improvements in the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.4 Update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Prerequisites

Before you install the Office 2008 12.2.3 Update, make sure that the computer is running Mac OS X 10.4.9 (Tiger) or a later version of the Mac OS X operating system.


To verify that the computer meets this prerequisite, click
About This Mac on the
Apple menu.


Additionally, you must install the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.0 Update or later versions before you install the Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.3 Update.


To verify the update that is installed on your computer, follow these steps:
  1. On the
    Go menu, click
    Applications.
  2. Open the
    Microsoft Office 2008 folder, and then start any Office application. For example, start Word.
  3. On the
    Word menu, click
    About Word.
  4. In the
    About Word dialog box, verify the version number next to
    Latest Installed Update.

How to obtain the update

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:


Download Download the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.2.3 Update package now.

Release Date: November 10, 2009

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

Updated files

For a complete list of the files that this update adds or changes, double-click the update installer, and then on the File menu, click Show Files.

Notes
  • The Office 2008 12.2.3 Update is also available from Microsoft AutoUpdate. AutoUpdate is a program that automatically keeps Microsoft software up-to-date.



    To use AutoUpdate, start a Microsoft Office program. Then, on the Help menu, click Check for Updates.



    For more information about resources for Office 2008 for Mac, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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