MS Office updates may be available

  GaT7 17:53 23 May 06
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Having received this click here in an email newsletter, I decided to scan for updates (have MS Office 2000 Premium installed) & there were 5 critical ones.

It may be a good idea to do the same, whatever your version of Office, Word, etc. Go to click here & click on 'Check for Updates' to run the scan. G

  Stuartli 18:03 23 May 06

Microsoft has been working in recent days on an update appertaining, IIRC, to Word.

  ade.h 18:16 23 May 06

I just checked and none came up at all (Office 2000 Premium here too). Not sure why.

  Stuartli 18:22 23 May 06

Crossbow7's own link (the same as the one I was thinking about) states:

"In the Microsoft Security blog the company is currently saying that the earliest day in which a fix will appear is 13 June - three weeks away. In the meantime, Microsoft is adding detection of the exploit to the Windows Live Safety Center for up-to-date removal of any Trojan that attempts to exploit the vulnerability.

"However, Microsoft emphasises that, in order for the exploit to work, the user has to open a maliciously crafted Word document. The advice as ever is do not open a file if you do not know where it has come from."

So if a fix is not due to appear for at least three weeks then you never will install an update in between...:-)

  ade.h 18:36 23 May 06

I'll take your word for it about the article - the link doesn't open for me - but Crossbow did say that he found five critical updates for 2K Premium.

I haven't updated Office online for a long time, as I rely on a CD-R of service packs and other updates, so I should be seeing the same critical updates that Crossbow found. Office was last installed a few weeks ago and I didn't check online at that time.

  GaT7 18:36 23 May 06

Sorry Stuartli & everyone else, I forgot to add the updates were not related to problem in my 1st link.

ade.h, you may have downloaded those updates in the past already.

I decided to run an update scan to check if there were any available at all. Cannot remember when I last ran one, but probably on 01/09/2005 as there are 5 showing up for that day under 'Microsoft Office 2000 SR-1 Premium' in Add or Remove Programs. So, I now have 10 updates in all. Is it the same for you ade.h? G

  ade.h 19:02 23 May 06

I haven't used the online update check for at least 12 months, because it never showed anything anyway. I normally search the update archive by product and download the full versions for copying to CD.

In Add/Remove, I only have my archived CD-R updates, all of which are quite old. I have had them on CD for about three years.

I'm beginning to think that maybe Office Update is not giving me access to all the updates, but I don't know why this should be the case.

  GaT7 18:37 24 May 06

ade.h that's a bit strange.

Anyhow, these are the 5 updates I downloaded & installed, which you can do the same individually if you want.

Security update for:

* Excel 2000 (KB905757) released on 14/03/2006 click here

* Outlook 2000 (KB905646) released on 14/03/2006 click here

* PowerPoint 2000 (KB905555) released on 14/03/2006 click here

* PowerPoint 2000 (KB889167) released on 13/02/2006 click here

* Word 2000 (KB905553) released on 14/03/2006 click here

Optional (did not install/were not offered as I'm not using the multilanguage pack):

* Office 2000 Multilanguage Pack (KB892842) released on 10/01/2006 click here

* Office 2000 Multilanguage Pack (KB905646) released on 14/03/2006 click here

NOTE: For anyone else thinking of updating this way, the links in this post APPLY TO OFFICE 2000 ONLY. To look for updates for your Office product click here, then on the appropriate link under BROWSE DOWNLOADS. G

  ade.h 18:53 24 May 06

Thank you very much for those links! That's really good of you.

  GaT7 19:30 26 May 06

You're welcome ade.h. Bumping up^ & ticking this off : ) G

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