MS15-116: Description of the security update for Excel 2013: November 10, 2015

Summary

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 MS15-116.

Note To apply this security update, you must have the release version of Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 installed on the computer. After you apply this security update, you may see a popup window that states that a website wants to open web content in protected mode in Internet Explorer. See Updates to change the way that Internet Explorer interacts with features in Microsoft Office applications for more information.

For a complete list of affected versions of Microsoft Office software, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 3104540.

Improvements and fixes

This update contains fixes for the following nonsecurity issues:
  • Adds the insert picture API to Office Add-ins for Word 2013, Excel 2013, and PowerPoint 2013.
  • This update also contains fixes for the following nonsecurity issues:
    • When you right-click a chart that contains alternative text and then select Move Chart to move the chart to a different sheet, the alternative text that is defined for the chart disappears.
    • When you sort a column of a pivot table that contains more than 1,020 rows in Excel 2013, the data isn't sorted.
    • Text entries of a data validation list are obscured by an unexpected black rectangle in right-to-left worksheets in Excel 2013.
    • After you call some object models (Range.NumberFormat, Range.HasFormula, Range.HasArray) in Excel 2013, the formula bar doesn't work.

How to get 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.

Method 2: Microsoft Download Center

You can get 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 KB3104540.

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces previously released update 3085583.
File information
How to get help and support for this security update
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Article ID: 3101499 - Last Review: Feb 15, 2017 - Revision: 2

Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1, Microsoft Excel 2013

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