MS15-046: Description of the security update for PowerPoint 2010: May 12, 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.


Introduction


Microsoft has released security bulletin MS15-046. To view the complete security bulletin, go to one of the following Microsoft websites:

How to obtain help and support for this security update


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More information about this security update

Nonsecurity-related fixes that are included in this security update

This security update also fixes the following issues:
  • A problem exists in the object model, where .Parent.Parent.Parent on an item in the Hyperlinks collection will return Nothing instead of the TextFrame object that contains the hyperlink. With this fix, you can traverse from the item in the Hyperlinks collection to the Shape that contains it by using .Parent.Parent.Parent.Parent.

Download information

For x86-based versions of PowerPoint 2010

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

For x64-based versions of PowerPoint 2010

This security 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 does not replace a previously released update.

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