Description of the security update for Excel 2016: February 12, 2019

Applies to: Excel 2016


This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file. To learn more about these vulnerabilities, see Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2019-0668 and Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2019-0669.

Note To apply this security update, you must have the release version of Excel 2016 installed on the computer.

Be aware that the update in the Microsoft Download Center applies to the Microsoft Installer (.msi)-based edition of Office 2016. It doesn't apply to the Office 2016 Click-to-Run editions, such as Microsoft Office 365 Home (see Determining your Office version).

Improvements and fixes

This security update contains fixes for the following nonsecurity issues:

  • In some cases when you work in Print Preview Full Screen mode, certain shapes that render over the grid are either not displayed or are displayed as clipped.

  • Assume that you copy many cells in Microsoft Excel 2016. When you view the Clipboard task pane, Excel 2016 hangs. This issue also occurs when you paste the cells as HTML into another application or another instance of Excel 2016.

  • When you copy a cell that has an ID property, Excel 2016 crashes when you try to paste it.

  • You do the following: Open a SharePoint Online library by selecting Library > Open with Explorer, open an Excel workbook and a Word document in File Explorer, and then copy and paste a link from a worksheet to the document by selecting Paste > Paste Special > Paste Link > HTML Format. In this scenario, the paste operation fails, and the following error message is displayed in Word 2016:

    Word cannot obtain the data for the {00020830-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} link

  • This update fixes the following Power BI issues:
    • When you open a file that contains corrupted Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) metadata, Excel 2016 crashes.
    • The Data Model is immediately loaded in the x86-based version of Excel 2016. However, the load of the Data Mode is unexpectedly delayed in the x64-based version of Excel 2016.
    • Failures occur when you group or ungroup data in a PivotTable. These failures may cause Excel 2016 to crash.
    • Excel 2016 sometimes crashes when it closes.
    • Excel 2016 crashes when it connects a slicer that has no caption to a PivotTable. Excel 2016 may also crash when a filter is applied to a field that does not exist.
    • After you update a table name in the Data Model, the PivotTable Field List does not show the updated table name.

How to get and install the update

Method 1: Microsoft Update

This update is available through Windows Update. When you turn on automatic updating, this update will be downloaded and installed automatically. For more information about how to turn on automatic updating, see Windows Update: FAQ.

Method 2: Microsoft Update Catalog

To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Method 3: Microsoft Download Center

You can get the standalone update package through the Microsoft Download Center. Follow the installation instructions on the download page to install the update.

More Information

Security update deployment information

For deployment information about this update, see security update deployment information: February 12, 2019.

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces the previously released security update 4461542.

File hash information

File name SHA1 hash SHA256 hash
excel2016-kb4462115-fullfile-x86-glb.exe 8A205D5079986E3AD8DD5BEA6F7FBC2A28545E8E 4E8E732395C1953E6586DA39842F899234ECBE612C51576439B0BF4557BC0575
excel2016-kb4462115-fullfile-x64-glb.exe E7742BB4239245575A34EE88F8D7A32628515517 B68A95A15442B0F9D57B2346DA9AB5158013A88D96C2AEE013C66E639066E4CC

File information

The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

How to get help and support for this security update

Help for installing updates: Protect yourself online

Help for protecting your Windows-based computer from viruses and malware: Microsoft Security

Local support according to your country: International Support