Office Security updates for February 2007

Microsoft Office security patches for February 2007

The usual collection of security patches for February 2007 – two of these concern Office and other is worth mention because it’s almost funny.

Excel and Powerpoint vulnerabilities

  • Office 2000
  • Office XP
  • Office 2003
  • Excel Viewer 2003
  • Word Viewer 2003
  • Office 2004 for Mac

In this case ‘Office’ includes Access, Visio plus Infopath 2003 and OneNote 2003. Also Project 2000 and 2002.

This page has the full list of affected programs plus the links to the appropriate patches.

Word vulnerability

  • Word 2000
  • Word 2002 (XP)
  • Word 2003
  • Word Viewer 2003
  • Office 2004 for Mac

Plus Works Suite 2004, 2005 and 2006 (which need the Word 2002 patch).

Yet more security holes in Word where a maliciously created file could run code on your computer. Details here.


The amusing security hole is the story that Vista’s voice recognition system could be used to run commands on your computer. Imagine having the voice command system on then playing a sound file (on a web site or MP3) – the sound file plays, is heard by the microphone and Vista acts upon it!

Amazing _if_ anyone could get their speaker and microphone in just the right positions with a sound file sufficiently clear to say things like ‘Double-click Recycle Bin’ and in a voice that is recognized by your system.

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