MS15-081: Description of the security update for Office 2013: August 11, 2015

Applies to: Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1Office Home and Student 2013 RT


This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file. To learn more about these vulnerabilities, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-081.

Note To apply this security update, you must have the release version of Service Pack 1 for Office 2013 installed on the computer.

For a complete list of affected versions of Microsoft Office software, see KB3080790 .

Known issues

Starting on 8/12/15, users of 2007 Microsoft Office system who have not installed the update will no longer be able to access online templates. Instead, when they try to access online templates, a single template thumbnail appears with text telling them to update Office to regain access to templates. For more information, see Be aware that 2007 Microsoft Office system users who have not installed this update are still vulnerable even when they do not appear to have access to online templates.

To attempt to access online templates in 2007 Microsoft Office system, click the Office Button, click New, and then either select an online templates category or search for templates.

While users of Office 2010 and Office 2013 who have not installed the update will not lose access to online templates, those customers are still vulnerable, so we strongly recommend that they install the updates.

How to obtain and install the update

Method 1: Microsoft Update

This update is available from Microsoft Update. When you turn on automatic updating, this update will be downloaded and installed automatically. For more information about how to turn on automatic updating, see Get security updates automatically.

Note For Microsoft Office 2013 RT Service Pack 1, this update is available from Microsoft Update only.

Method 2: Microsoft Download Center

You can obtain the stand-alone update package through the Microsoft Download Center. Follow the installation instructions on the download page to install the update.

More Information

Security update deployment information

For deployment information about this update, see KB3080790 .