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

Applies to: Microsoft Word 2010

Introduction


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 fixes for the following nonsecurity issues:
  • Assume that you add local network files to the Recent files list in Word 2010 by using the RecentFiles.Add method. When you try to open the files, you may receive the following error message:
    This file could not be found.
  • After you disable the macros in all documents that are opened by previously enabled macros, you unexpectedly receive the following message  in Word 2010:
    The macros in this project are disabled.

    Please refer to the online help or documentation of the host application to determine how to enable macros.

Summary


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

Download information

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 Service Pack 2 for Office 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

Note We do not recommend that you remove any security update.

To remove this security update, use the Add or Remove Programs item or use 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 Office. 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.

Learn about the ability to uninstall Office updates .

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces update 2899519 .