Microsoft brings MAC Excel users up to speed

Microsoft's monthly security patch for July featured a fix to some key elements of its spreadsheet program Excel. The patch, however, failed to address the issue for MAC computers.

Microsoft has now revised its security bulletin MS07-036 to include a MAC fix as well.

The three vulnerabilities in Excel on the Mac as well as on other Excel editions detailed by MS07-036 were all graded "important" in Microsoft's four-level threat-scoring system, one level below the topmost "critical." For users of Microsoft Office 2000, the security update is graded critical.

According to Microsoft, the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Excel file. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

Related story

  • Critical Excel vulnerability features in July's 'patch Tuesday'

    You may like these other stories...

    Cybersecurity is no longer the domain of an organization's IT staff. It's moved to the boardroom, and in a big way. Accountants and financial managers may have been thinking it's just the province of the tech...
    You probably don't want to think about how many times you access the File menu in Excel 2010 or 2013. Personally I think Excel 2010 has the best possible File menu arrangement, other than having Print Preview grafted...
    Following other recent high-profile hacking events, investigators discovered yesterday that hackers broke into the draft work paper files of several famous CPA firms. Revealing images of the scantily clad documents have been...

    Already a member? log in here.

    Upcoming CPE Webinars

    Sep 24
    In this jam-packed presentation Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA will give you a crash-course in creating spreadsheet-based dashboards. A dashboard condenses large amounts of data into a compact space, yet enables the end user to easily drill down into details when warranted.
    Sep 30
    This webcast will include discussions of important issues in SSARS No. 19 and the current status of proposed changes by the Accounting and Review Services Committee in these statements.
    Oct 21
    Kristen Rampe will share how to speak and write more effectively by understanding your own and your audience's communication style.
    Oct 23
    Amber Setter will show the value of leadership assessments as tools for individual and organizational leadership development initiatives.