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

Applies to: Excel 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 MS16-004.

Note To apply this security update, you must have the release version of Excel 2016 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:
  • It takes a long time to clear a column filter for a large workbook in Excel 2016 on a Windows 10-based computer.
  • When you print or print preview a worksheet in Microsoft Excel 2016, the name of a group box (form control) is displayed in an incorrect position.
  • Sometimes you receive an out-of-memory error when you create a new Excel window after you use an Excel preview window in Outlook.
  • Assume that you create a workbook that contains a new type chart (a treemap, sunburst, histogram, box and whisker, Pareto, or waterfall chart) in Excel 2016 that has security update 3101351 installed. Then, you change the workbook in Excel 2016 RTM. When you reopen the workbook in Excel 2016, the chart is disconnected from the data source.

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 KB3101510.