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Microsoft recently identified two potential security issues that malicious macro authors could exploit. The Excel 97 SYLK File Security Update addresses these issues. This article describes how to download and install the Excel 97 SYLK File Security Update.
For additional information about the problems addressed by the Excel 97 SYLK File Security Update, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/241902/EN-US/ )XL97: Macro Virus Warning Does Not Appear When Opening SYLK File That Contains XLM Code
241900The Excel 97 SYLK File Security Update is designed to update Microsoft Excel 97 Service Release 2 (SR-2).
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/241900/EN-US/ )XL97: Opening Lotus 1-2-3 File May Run Macro Without Warning
To correct this problem, download and install the latest update for Excel 97. The latest update includes this and all other Excel-specific updates that have been released since the latest service release (SR) of Office. The files included in this update will be included in any later SR or patch. To upgrade to the latest patch or for more information about the history of Excel 97 patches, please click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/232652/EN-US/ )XL97: Overview and History of Excel Patches
To download and install this update:
How to Run the Update in Quiet ModeUse the /q switch to run the update in quiet mode. On the Windows taskbar, click Start, and then click Run. Type the following command in the Open box and then click OK
location\xl8p7pkg /qwhere location is the complete path to the directory in which you downloaded the file.
How to Update an Administrative Installation of Office with This UpdateTo install this update to your administrative installation point for Office 97:
How to Determine Whether the Update Has Been InstalledTo determine whether the Excel 97 SYLK File Security Update has been installed, check the versions of the files listed in the following table:
NOTE: The version number in the About Microsoft Excel dialog box is shown as "Microsoft Excel 97 SR-2 (i)" (click About Microsoft Excel on the Help menu).
File name Size File version --------------------------------------- Excel.exe 5,621,248 8.0i Scanload.dll 36,864 8.2i
To check the version number and file size in Windows Explorer, right-click each file where it is installed, and click Properties on the shortcut menu; check the file size on the General tab, and the version on the Version tab.
Article ID: 242209 - Last Review: October 22, 2013 - Revision: 1.2