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Microsoft pulls Mac Office update

Update was released by mistake

Microsoft has removed its latest Mac Office software updates from the web, citing "human error".

The software – Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.1 – was made available on Wednesday. It claimed to improve stability and security, and also included fixes for a range of vulnerabilities in Microsoft code that could be abused by malicious attackers.

"The updates posted in error were pre-release binaries that had been staged internally as part of our testing for an upcoming release," Microsoft said in its Security Response Center Blog.

"Due to human error, they were accidentally published to the public websites before our full testing-release process was complete."

The company also explained the updates as issued did not address some recently disclosed Word security vulnerabilities, leaving the office productivity suite vulnerable to malicious attackers.

"We recommend that anyone who may have installed these pre-release updates to uninstall them," the company said, adding: "This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights."

For more Mac software news, visit www.macworld.co.uk/macsoftware.


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