Overview of the Word 97 Security Hotfix: September 3, 2003

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SYMPTOMS

Microsoft has released an update to Microsoft Word 97 for Windows and Japanese Microsoft Word for Windows 98. This update resolves a flaw in Word that could allow macros in specially crafted documents to run automatically regardless of the macro security level settings of the user.

This article describes how to download and install the Word 97 Security Hotfix.

RESOLUTION

A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article.
Note The Microsoft Office products that are listed at the beginning of this article were developed in an era when the security threat was very different, and as a result, they do not include the improved security architecture of more recent versions of Office, such as Macro security. Because Macro security is not included in Microsoft Office 97, the fix that is described in this article may be compromised. Microsoft recommends that customers use Microsoft Office 2003 for the highest level of security.

Important Before you install the Word 97 Security Hotfix, install the Microsoft Word 97 Service Release 2b (SR-2b). Although the Word 97 Security Hotfix will install if you do not have Microsoft Word 97 SR-2b installed on your computer, the Word 97 Security Hotfix is only supported by Microsoft on Word 97 SR-2b.

For additional information about how to install Microsoft Word 97 Service Release 2b (SR-2b), click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
151261 OFF97: How to Obtain and Install Office 97 SR-2
For information how to install the Korean version of Office 97 SR-2, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3724CA68-4065-4D11-9084-AF235CDE9427&displaylang=KO
To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;[LN];CNTACTMS
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

English

The English version of this security patch has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:21  5.0.2919.6304   3,083,664  Office97-kb827647-client-enu.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      1,158,416  Wwintl32.dll 

Note On a computer that is running Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, the file vesion will be 8.0b instead of 8.0.0.9125.

Chinese (Simplified)
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  21:15  5.0.2919.6307   3,376,536  Office97-kb827647-client-chs.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  06:26  8.0.0.9626      5,614,352  Winword.exe      
   28-Aug-2003  07:16  8.0.0.9626      2,119,778  Wwintl32.dll   

Chinese (Traditional)
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  21:15  5.0.2919.6307   3,378,584  Office97-kb827647-client-cht.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  06:26  8.0.0.9626      5,614,352  Winword.exe      
   28-Aug-2003  07:01  8.0.0.9626      2,161,354  Wwintl32.dll   

Czech
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:20  5.0.2919.6307   3,152,792  Office97-kb827647-client-csy.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  22:41  8.0.0.9125      1,779,712  Wwintl32.dll 

Danish
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:21  5.0.2919.6307   3,154,840  Office97-kb827647-client-dan.exe 
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:17  8.0.0.9125      1,462,272  Wwintl32.dll     

Greek
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:21  5.0.2919.6307   3,170,200  Office97-kb827647-client-ell.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:21  8.0.0.9125      1,877,504  Wwintl32.dll   

Spanish (Spain)
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:21  5.0.2919.6307   3,230,616  Office97-kb827647-client-esn.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:23  8.0.0.9125      1,996,288  Wwintl32.dll   

Finnish
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:21  5.0.2919.6307   3,154,840  Office97-kb827647-client-fin.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:26  8.0.0.9125      1,479,680  Wwintl32.dll     

French
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:21  5.0.2919.6307   3,178,392  Office97-kb827647-client-fra.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:28  8.0.0.9125      1,615,360  Wwintl32.dll  

German
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:21  5.0.2919.6307   3,201,944  Office97-kb827647-client-deu.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  22:28  8.0.0.9125      1,683,826  Wwintl32.dll   
 

Hungarian
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:21  5.0.2919.6307   3,148,184  Office97-kb827647-client-hun.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:29  8.0.0.9125      1,703,936  Wwintl32.dll 

Italian
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:21  5.0.2919.6307   3,155,864  Office97-kb827647-client-ita.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
     Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:31  8.0.0.9125      1,516,544  Wwintl32.dll     

Japanese
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  21:15  5.0.2919.6307   3,431,832  Office97-kb827647-client-jpn.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
    Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  10:41  8.0.0.9627      5,630,736  Winword.exe      
   28-Aug-2003  08:40  8.0.0.9627      2,367,614  Wwintl32.dll    
Korean
     Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  21:15  5.0.2919.6307   3,381,144  Office97-kb827647-client-kor.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  06:26  8.0.0.9626      5,614,352  Winword.exe      
   28-Aug-2003  06:45  8.0.0.9626      2,236,550  Wwintl32.dll   
Dutch (Netherlands)
     Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:22  5.0.2919.6307   3,155,864  Office97-kb827647-client-nld.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
    Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:33  8.0.0.9125      1,504,256  Wwintl32.dll  
Norwegian
    Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:22  5.0.2919.6307   3,150,744  Office97-kb827647-client-nor.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
    Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:34  8.0.0.9125      1,451,008  Wwintl32.dll  
Polish
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:22  5.0.2919.6307   3,173,272  Office97-kb827647-client-plk.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:35  8.0.0.9125      1,852,928  Wwintl32.dll     
Portuguese (Brazil)
    Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:22  5.0.2919.6307   3,151,256  Office97-kb827647-client-ptb.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
     Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:36  8.0.0.9125      1,470,976  Wwintl32.dll  
Portuguese (Portugal)
     Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:22  5.0.2919.6307   3,147,672  Office97-kb827647-client-ptg.exe  
AAfter the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:38  8.0.0.9125      1,469,952  Wwintl32.dll 
Russian
    Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:22  5.0.2919.6307   3,160,984  Office97-kb827647-client-rus.exe  

After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:39  8.0.0.9125      1,740,800  Wwintl32.dll   
Slovak
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:22  5.0.2919.6307   3,149,208  Office97-kb827647-client-sky.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
     Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:40  8.0.0.9125      1,770,496  Wwintl32.dll    
Slovenian
     Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:22  5.0.2919.6307   3,153,312  Office97-kb827647-client-slv.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
       Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:41  8.0.0.9125      1,755,648  Wwintl32.dll 
Swedish (Sweden)
     Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:22  5.0.2919.6307   3,147,672  Office97-kb827647-client-sve.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
    Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:43  8.0.0.9125      1,448,448  Wwintl32.dll    
Turkish
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   02-Sep-2003  20:22  5.0.2919.6307   3,151,256  Office97-kb827647-client-trk.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   28-Aug-2003  17:33  8.0.0.9125      5,335,824  Winword.exe      
   26-Aug-2003  23:44  8.0.0.9125      1,750,528  Wwintl32.dll   
Note After you install the Word 97 Security Hotfix you cannot remove it. To return to an installation before the patch was installed, you must remove all of Office 97, and then install it again from the original CD.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

MORE INFORMATION

List of Issues That Are Fixed by the Update

This update resolves a flaw in Word that could allow macros in specially crafted documents to run automatically regardless of the macro security level settings of the user.

For additional information about this issue that is documented in the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-035, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
827653 MS03-035: Flaw in Microsoft Word Could Enable Macros to Run Automatically

Properties

Article ID: 827647 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 2.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 98 Standard Edition
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