Avecto’s analysis of Microsoft’s security lapses and patches shows a worrying increase in the number of security vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office when you’d hope to see fewer.
Most of the coverage has been on the issue of Administrator access but we’re more worried about the security holes in Office.
It’s very concerning to see the substantial increase in Microsoft Office security ‘vulnerabilities’ over the last few years. According to Avecto and Microsoft Security bulletins (“in Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio and Publisher amongst others.”):
2014 – 20 vulnerabilities reported
2015 – 62 reports
2016 – 79 reports
Over time, you’d hope to see fewer security holes in both Windows and Office. As Microsoft develops more security conscious code, the number of hacking opportunities is supposed to DEcrease, not increase.
It’s important to keep your MS Office installs up-to-date to plug whatever new problems Microsoft has found.