MS16-004: Description of the security update for Visio 2013: January 12, 2016

Applies to: Microsoft Visio 2013 Service Pack 1


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 MS16-004.

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

For a complete list of affected versions of Microsoft Office software, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 3124585.

Improvements and fixes

This update also contains fixes for the following nonsecurity issues:
  • After you save a Visio drawing that contains ActiveX controls and VBA macros in Visio 2013, the digital signature may be lost.
  • When you click a hyperlink in a Visio document that is located on a SharePoint 2013 server, the linked file may not open. This issue occurs if the name of the linked file contains characters that are not in the Latin character set (for example, Cyrillic letters).

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 3124585.

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces previously released update KB3101365.