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


This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft 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 .

Improvements and fixes

This update also contains fixes for the following nonsecurity issues:
  • Buttons such as the Mark Areas to Keep, Mark Areas to Remove, and Delete Mark are not displayed on the BACKGROUND REMOVAL ribbon in Touch mode in Excel 2013.
  • Some rotated shapes cannot be pasted when you copy and paste a bigger range that includes the shapes in a worksheet in Excel 2013.
  • When you run the Create PDF/XPS Document function for a workbook in Excel 2010, Greek or Cyrillic characters are changed from the MS Gothic font to the Arial font.
  • After you save a workbook that contains a hyperlink that includes a hash symbol ("#") as a .pdf file in Excel 2013, the hyperlink is truncated and does not work as expected.
  • When you start Excel 2013 by using files in the XLStart folder that are created by Excel 2010, the ribbon is not displayed.
  • When you hide and unhide lots of rows or columns, you experience slow performance, and it takes a long time to complete the operation.
  • When you open a workbook that has an embedded worksheet that contains a chart in Excel 2013, and then you close Excel 2013, Excel 2013 crashes intermittently.

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 Microsoft Knowledge Base Article KB3080790 .

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces previously released update KB3054949 .
File information
How to obtain help and support for this security update

Article ID: 3054991 - Last Review: Feb 16, 2017 - Revision: 2

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