Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-051 - Important
Vulnerability in Microsoft Office for Mac Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2721015)
This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Office for Mac. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if a malicious executable is placed on an affected system by an attacker, and then another user logs on later and runs the malicious executable. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit this vulnerability.
This security update is rated Important for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.
The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by correcting the permission settings on the Microsoft Office 2011 folder and other affected folders. For more information about the vulnerabilities, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.
Recommendation. Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update at the earliest opportunity.
See also the section, Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance, later in this bulletin.
Known Issues. None
The following software have been tested to determine which versions or editions are affected. Other versions or editions are either past their support life cycle or are not affected. To determine the support life cycle for your software version or edition, visit Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
|Microsoft Office Software||Maximum Security Impact||Aggregate Severity Rating||Updates Replaced|
|Microsoft Office for Mac|
|Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 |
|Elevation of Privilege||Important||KB2665351 in MS12-030 replaced by KB2721015|
|Office and Other Software|
|Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac|
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- V1.0 (July 10, 2012): Bulletin published.