MS15-116: Description of the security update for Office 2016: November 10, 2015

Applies to: Office Professional Plus 2016Office Professional 2016Office Professional 2016


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 MS15-116.

Note To apply this security update, you must have the release version of Microsoft Office 2016 installed on the computer.

For a complete list of affected versions of Microsoft Office software, see KB3104540.

Improvements and fixes

This security update contains fixes for the following nonsecurity issues:
  • Some commands on the Mini toolbar are displayed as black.
  • Assume that you use the Share pane in Office 2016 applications. When you open or close some files in an Office 2016 application, the application may crash.

  • Changes some key-tips to match tooltips and avoid conflicts with other key-tips on the ribbon for the Tell Me feature for multiple languages.

  • Prevents intermittent crashes for Office 2016 applications when you open a file from the cloud.
  • Some issues that are related to the import and transformation features in the Get & Transform section of the Data tab in Excel 2016. See article 3108701 for more information.
  • An image of a chart or a bounding box that has a message is displayed instead of the chart in Office 2016 applications.
  • Assume that other Office 2016 applications are set to the Dark Gray theme. When you click OK on the Options panel in Access 2016, the theme setting is changed unexpectedly to a colorful theme because Access doesn't support Dark Gray. As a result, the rest of Office is also switched to a colorful theme.
  • Office applications that run in safe mode run in the White theme. Under certain circumstances, such as attaching or removing a display, an Office 2016 application that is started in safe mode could become visually inconsistent with difficult-to-read text until the application is restarted. Parts of the applications would temporarily switch to a colorful theme.

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.

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 3104540.

Update replacement information

This update doesn't replace a previously released update.