Safe to install Office 2008?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by markw10, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. markw10 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    I heard earlier there are some concerns with installing Office 2008 for Mac. It seems it was something about the installer opening up a security hole. I purchased Office 2008 on release date but never installed it since I'm waiting to install it on a new MBP I'm purchasing this weekend. Is it safe to install it or some type of fix for it once installed? Are there certain procedures I should follow when installing?
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Look. If Office 2008 were a major security hole, then this forum would have been flooded with stories about it, both real and imagined. There several complaints about Office 2008:
    • Its user interface sucks.
    • Its native file format is incompatible with most earlier versions of Office.
    • It is slow, perhaps slower than Office 2004 even running Rosetta on Intel-based Macs.
    • It does not support Visual BASIC for Applications.
    I am sure that there are other complaints. Notice that there was not a single security complaint in my list. Ironically, Office 2008's lack of VBA support is a major boost in security because VBA has been a virus-enabling technology. As for the installer, it should be the least of your concerns. With the introduction of Office 2008, Microsoft switched to the standard MacOS X installer.
  3. hk8899 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2008
    I'm pretty sure that if there was a security hole in office 2008 the forum would be flooded. All that I know is that it is slow and personally I am still using Office 2004 which I find works excellent. Anyway :apple: Computers have always been good at fighting viruses and spyware and most of the spyware and viruses are not made for MAC anyway, they are mostly made for Microsoft Computers. Last year something like 140,000 Microsoft Computers were reported with viruses, spyware and key loggers and NO MACS HAD ANY SPYWARE, KEY LOGGERS, SECURITY PROBS OR VIRUSES. This is not saying MACS never have problems but it is extremely unlikely they will. So go ahead and Install word I would say. There should be no problems or gremlens at all.
  4. mediaguru macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2006
    The middle of BentFork, TN
    There is a problem with the way in which the Office 2008 installer grants ownership to some of the installed files. There is a possibility that a restricted user account might be able to modify certain office files without needing to authenticate with higher credentials.

    There is more specific information as well as a manual fix here.

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