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

Applies to: Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2Excel 2010Excel Home and Student 2010


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 Excel workbook in an affected version of Office software. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user.

Improvements and fixes

This security update also contains fixes for the following nonsecurity issues:
  • New Document Inspector modules do not appear in the Document Inspector dialog box.
  • Assume that you open an Excel workbook that contains many hidden rows or rows that have a customized height in Excel. 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:

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More information about this security update

Download information

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

Known issues with this security update

  • After you install this security update, Excel may stop responding (hang) when you copy and paste content between worksheets. To resolve this issue, install the following update on all affected computers.

    2956084 April 14, 2015, update for Excel 2010

Prerequisites to apply this security update

To apply this security update, you must have the 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.

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces update 2910902.

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.