MS08-074: Description of the security update for Excel 2007: December 9, 2008

Applies to: Microsoft Office Excel 2007


Microsoft has released security bulletin MS08-074. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:

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More information about this security update

Known issues with this security update

  • Symptoms
    After you install this update, when you copy data from Excel and try to paste it into Access, you encounter an error message:

    The data on the Clipboard is damaged, so Microsoft Office Access can't paste it. There may be an error in the Clipboard, or there may not be enough free memory. Try the operation again.
  • Workaround
    To work around this problem, use either of the following methods:
    • Paste the data into a text file by using a program such as Notepad. Then copy the data from the text file, and then paste the data into Access.
    • Use the Paste Special option in Access. On the Home tab, in the Clipboard group, click the Paste extended menu option, and then click Paste Special.
    • Import the data from Access. For example, you can use a procedure that resembles the following:
      1. Click the cell where you want to put the data from the Access database.
      2. On the Data tab, in the Get External Data group, click From Access.
      3. In the Look in list, locate and double-click the Access database that you want to import.
      4. In the Select Table dialog box, click the table or query that you want to import, and then click OK.
      5. In the Import Data dialog box, do the following:

        • Under Select how you want to view this data, do one of the following:
          • To view the data as a table, select Table.
          • To view the data as a PivotTable report, select PivotTable report.
          • To view the data as a PivotChart and PivotTable report, select PivotChart and PivotTable report.
        • Optionally, click Properties to set refresh, formatting, and layout options for the imported data, and then click OK.
        • Under Where do you want to put the data? do one of the following:
          • To return the data to the location that you selected, click Existing worksheet.
          • To return the data to the upper-left corner of the new worksheet, click New worksheet.
      6. Click OK. Excel puts the external data range in the location that you specify.
      For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web page:
  • Resolution
    To resolve this problem, install the Access 2007 hotfix package that is dated February 24, 2009. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    967699 Description of the Microsoft Office Access 2007 hotfix package (Ace.msp): February 24, 2009

Non-security-related fixes that are included in this security update

This security update also fixes the following issues:
  • 956511 Description of the Excel 2007 hotfix package (Excel.msp, Xlconv.msp, Graph.msp): August 26, 2008

  • 956796 Description of the 2007 Office system hotfix package (Graph.msp, Excel.msp, Xlconv.msp, Xlview.msp): August 26, 2008

  • 956798 Description of the Excel 2007 hotfix package (Excel.msp, Oart.msp): August 26, 2008

  • 956836 Description of the Excel 2007 hotfix package (Excel.msp, Xlconv.msp): August 26, 2008

  • 958133 Description of the Excel 2007 hotfix package (Excel.msp, Xlconv.msp): October 28, 2008

  • 958135 Description of the Excel 2007 hotfix package (Excel.msp, Graph.msp, Xlconv.msp): October 28, 2008

  • 958785 Description of the Excel 2007 hotfix package (Excel.msp, Oart.msp, Oartconv.msp, Xlconv.msp): October 28, 2008

Prerequisites to install this security update

There are no prerequisites for installing this security update.

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces the following security update:
955470 MS08-057: Description of the security update for Excel 2007: October 14, 2008


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.
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Excel.manNot Applicable79116-Oct-200811:36
Excel.pipNot Applicable1,65608-Dec-200703:26