MS15-012: Description of the security update for SharePoint Server 2010: February 10, 2015

Applies to: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 2


This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office that could allow remote code execution if an attacker convinces a user to open or preview a specially crafted Microsoft Word file in an affected version of Office.

Improvements and fixes

This update also contains a fix for the following nonsecurity issue:
  • Assume that you open a Microsoft Excel workbook that contains many hidden rows or rows that have a customized height in Excel Web App. When you copy and paste the cells to another worksheet, the hidden rows may become unhidden, and the row height of those that have a customized height may revert to the default height.


Microsoft has released security bulletin MS15-012. Learn more about how to obtain the fixes that are included in this security bulletin: 

How to obtain help and support for this security update

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More information about this security update

After you install this security update on all Microsoft SharePoint servers and SharePoint services, you have to run the PSconfig tool to complete the installation.

Download information

This update is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center.

Nonsecurity fixes that are included in this security update

This security update resolves the following nonsecurity issue:
  • When you open a malicious DOC file by using Microsoft Word 2010 in Windows Server 2003 or Windows 7, Word 2010 may crash.

Prerequisites to apply this security update

To apply this security update, you must have Service Pack 2 for SharePoint Server 2010 installed on the computer.

Restart information

You may have to restart the computer after you install this security update.

In some cases, this update does not require a restart. If the required files are being used, this update will require a restart. If this behavior occurs, a message is displayed that advises you to restart the computer.

To help reduce the possibility that a restart will be required, stop all affected services and close all applications that may use the affected files before you install this security update.

Learn about why you may be prompted to restart your computer after you install a security update on a Windows-based computer.

Removal information

This security update cannot be removed.

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces update 2899581 .