MS15-022: Description of the security update for PowerPoint 2010: March 10, 2015

Applies to: Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2PowerPoint 2010

Summary


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 issues:
  • Assume that you define a hyperlink base in the file properties in a presentation by using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Then, you click a hyperlink that is directed to other slides in the presentation in slide mode. In this situation, the hyperlink does not work. Additionally, a Windows Explorer window opens, and it shows the path that you entered as your hyperlink base.
  • After you apply a November 11, 2014, update for PowerPoint 2010, Document Inspector will be processed incorrectly. When this issue occurs, Document Inspector modules will not be displayed in the Document Inspector dialog box and in backstage localized versions of PowerPoint 2010.
  • Assume that you apply a November 11, 2014, update for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. In this situation, the ActivePresentation.RemoveDocumentInformation method will be broken when it passes a parameter to the ppRDIAll constant in the order management (OM) API call.
  • Updates PowerPoint 2010 to work correctly with design changes that were made to the Microsoft Forms ActiveX Control (FM20.dll) shared component library. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
    3025036 "Cannot insert object" error in an ActiveX custom Office solution after you install the MS14-082 security update

Introduction


Microsoft has released security bulletin MS15-022. To view the complete security bulletin, go to one of the following Microsoft websites:

How to obtain help and support for this security update


Help installing updates:
Support for Microsoft Update

Security solutions for IT professionals:
TechNet Security Troubleshooting and Support

Help protect your Windows-based computer from viruses and malware:
Virus Solution and Security Center

Local support according to your country:
International Support


More information about this security update

Known issues with this security update

This security update opts Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint into local computer lockdown, a feature control for Internet Explorer, to prevent scripts in Office documents from running with elevated user rights.

Specifically, in a side-by-side scenario of Office 2003 and either the 2007 Microsoft Office suite or Office 2010, the changed registry keys in this security update may also affect Office 2003. This may cause some unexpected behavior in Office 2003.

Workaround

ActiveX kill bits may be used to completely block ActiveX controls that could lead to HTML script execution. 


Download information

For x86-based versions of Office 2010

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

For x64-based versions of Office 2010

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

Prerequisites to apply this security update

To apply this security update, you must have Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed on the computer.

For more information about how to obtain the service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2687455  Description of Office 2010 Service Pack 2

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. For more information about the reasons why you may be prompted to restart, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
887012 Why you may be prompted to restart your computer after you install a security update on a Windows-based computer

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces the security update KB2553185.

Removal information

To remove this security update, use the Add or Remove Programs item or the Programs and Features item in Control Panel.

Note When you remove this security update, you may be prompted to insert the disc that contains Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Additionally, you may not have the option to uninstall this security update from the Add or Remove Programs item or the Programs and Features item in Control Panel. There are several possible causes of this issue.

For more information about the removal, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

903771 Information about the ability to uninstall Office updates