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Microsoft has released an update to Microsoft Excel 2002. This update addresses a vulnerability that may allow malicious code to run in an Excel file without warning. Under normal circumstances, you receive a warning in Excel 2002 when you open a document containing macros. However, it is possible for a malicious user to modify the macros in such a way that a macro can run with no warning being issued. This scenario may cause damage to data or allow unauthorized retrieval of data from your system when you visit a Web site or open an e-mail message. After you apply this update, you will receive a warning before you open an Excel file containing macros.
For more information about this issue, see the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-50: Malformed Excel or PowerPoint Document Can Bypass Macro Security
This article explains how to download and install the Microsoft Excel 2002 Update: October 4, 2001.
NOTE: This Public Update is part of the Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 1 (SP-1), but for your convenience the Public Update also is available individually, as described in the "More Information" section of this article. If you already applied Office XP SP-1, you do not need to apply this Public Update. For additional information about the latest service pack for Microsoft Office XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307841/ )How to obtain the latest Office XP service pack
How to Download and Install the Update
Client UpdateIf you installed Office XP from a CD-ROM, you have two options:
Office Product UpdatesTo have the Office Product Updates Web site detect the required updates that you must install on your computer, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://office.microsoft.com/ProductUpdates/default.aspxAfter detection is complete, you receive a list of recommended updates for your approval. Click Start Installation to complete the process.
Install Only Excel 2002 UpdateFollow these steps to download and install the client update:
For more information about the Client Patch, click the link below for the Office Tools on the Web article.
Administrative UpdateIf you installed Office XP from a server location, the server administrator must update the server location with the administrative public update and then deploy that update to your computer.
If you are the server administrator, follow these steps to download the administrative update:
301348This article contains standard instructions for installing an administrative public update.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301348/ )How to install a public update to administrative installations of Office XP
Or, browse to the following article in the Microsoft Office XP Resource Kit:
How to Determine Whether the Public Update Is InstalledThe following files are modified by the update:
excel.exeThe version of Excel 2002 that is displayed when you click About Microsoft Excel on the Help menu is updated to 10.3207.2625.
Issues Fixed by the UpdateThe update fixes the issue described in the following Knowledge Base article:
303836In addition, the following issues are fixed:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/303836/ )Cannot access the Templates dialog box from a VBA macro in Excel 2002
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