Microsoft Security Bulletins for March 2008

Microsoft has released 4 security bulletins for March. All are for Office products and all are rated critical for one or more of the affected products. There weren’t any OS or IE updates this month. Since I don’t run any Office products I didn’t install any Microsoft updates this month, but these were the updates:

MS08-014 is a security update that patches several vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Excel 2003 Service Pack 3 and Microsoft Excel 2007 Service Pack 1 are not affected but other versions of Excel are vulnerable. Vulnerable versions include Office 2004 and Office 2008 for the Mac. The Office 2007 Compatibility pack is also vulnerable as is the Excel 2003 viewer.

MS08-015 is a critical update for Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft Outlook 2007 Service Pack 1 is not vulnerable but all other versions are vulnerable.

MS08-016 is a security update for Microsoft Office. Vulnerable versions include Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3, Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2, Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Viewer (base version & Service pack 3), and Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac.

MS08-017 is a critical update for Microsoft Office Web Components. Client vulnerabilities include Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 3, Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3, Visual Studio .NET 2002 Service Pack 1, and Visual Studio .NET 2003 Service Pack 1.

While none of these patches apply to me, my Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate installations did have three updates waiting in Windows Update. The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tools, the March Update for the Windows Mail Junk E-Mail filter, and a generic “Update fir Windows Vista” described as:

Update for Windows Vista (KB946041)

Download size: 581 KB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Recommended

This is a reliability update. This update resolves some performance and reliability issues in Windows Vista. By applying this update, you can achieve better performance and responsiveness in various scenarios. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

More information:

Windows Update also includes Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 as an optional installation. I decide to go ahead and install it. The updates installed without any issues, a restart was required. The first time I went to a Microsoft website I had to except the Silverlight license agreement and enable Silverlight itself.