Microsoft Releases Security Patch For Windows Version Of PowerPoint, Ignores Mac Version

Microsoft’s decision to not to provide a patch for a vulnerability in the Mac version of its Office software suite has angered security researchers.

The software giant recently released security patches for a pair of vulnerabilities in PowerPoint 2002, 2003 and 2007 for the Windows version of Office, but not for the Mac version.

“Security updates for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, and Open XML File Format Converter for Mac are unavailable at this time. Microsoft will issue updates for these software when testing is complete, to ensure a high degree of quality for their release,” the company said in a security bulletin, Computer World reports.

The vulnerabilities don’t affect the Office 2010 for Windows or Office for Mac 2011 software suites, Microsoft revealed.

Microsoft’s decision to leave Mac users out in the cold has angered security researchers who argue that hackers could easily attack Mac users now that they know what the vulnerability is.

"The risk is that cybercriminals will reverse engineer the fix for the Windows version of PowerPoint, and use the information they discover to exploit the vulnerability on Mac versions,” Graham Cluley of security software maker Sophos wrote on the company blog.