MS09-067: Description of the security update for Excel 2003: November 10, 2009

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INTRODUCTION

Microsoft has released security bulletin MS09-067. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:

How to obtain help and support for this security update

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Known issues with this security update

  • Symptom

    After you install this security update, you may experience a crash in Excel when freeze panes are enabled, and Excel is in semi-select mode. To temporarily avoid this problem, disable freeze panes. We are working towards potential solutions.

    Resolution

    After you install this security update, you may experience a crash in Excel when freeze panes are enabled, and Excel is in semi-select mode. To temporarily avoid this problem, disable freeze panes. To resolve this problem, install hotfix 979446. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    979446 Description of the Office Excel 2003 hotfix package (Excel.msp): January 25, 2010
  • After you install this security update, you may experience the following issue when you work with Excel 2003 Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macro code.
    Symptom

    You unprotect a worksheet by using the object model, such as Worksheets("sheet2").Unprotect. If the unprotected worksheet is not the active worksheet, contents from the unprotected worksheet become visible on the current worksheet. This issue continues until there is an action that updates Excel.

    Resolution

    To resolve this issue, install hotfix 978908. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    978908 Description of the Office Excel 2003 hotfix package: December 29, 2009


    Workaround 1

    Minimize and then maximize the Excel window to redraw or refresh the Excel worksheet.

    Workaround 2

    Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language being demonstrated and the tools used to create and debug procedures. Microsoft support professionals can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific needs.
    If you have limited programming experience, you may want to contact a Microsoft Certified Partner or Microsoft Advisory Services. For more information, visit these Microsoft Web sites:

    Microsoft Certified Partners - https://partner.microsoft.com/global/30000104

    Microsoft Advisory Services - http://support.microsoft.com/gp/advisoryservice

    For more information about the support options that are available and about how to contact Microsoft, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;CNTACTMS

    You can modify the macro code to work around this issue by activating the Excel worksheet before the Unprotect method is run as shown in the following sample code.
    Sub Button1_Click()
        Dim NowActiveSheet As WorkSheet
        Worksheets("sheet2").Protect
        Set NowActiveSheet=ActiveSheet
        ' Activate the Excel sheet before running Unprotect method.
        Worksheets("sheet2").Activate
        Worksheets("sheet2").Unprotect
        NowActiveSheet.Activate
    End Sub 
    
    Workaround 3

    Activate all the worksheets in Excel manually or by using a macro after the issue has occurred.
To resolve these issues, install security update 978474. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
978474 MS10-017: Description of the security update for Excel 2003: March 9, 2010

Prerequisites to install this security update

To install the security update, you must have Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed.

For more information about how to obtain this service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
870924 How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces the following security update:
969681 MS09-021: Description of the security update for Excel 2003: June 9, 2009

FILE INFORMATION

The English (United States) version of this security update has the file attributes (or later file attributes) 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 item in Control Panel.
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Excel.exe11.0.8316.010,352,44808-Oct-200918:44

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Article ID: 973475 - Last Review: May 8, 2012 - Revision: 8.0
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  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
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