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

Applies to: Word 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 Word 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:
  • When you use a Japanese input method editor in Word 2016, you may experience the following issues:
    • Certain special characters, such as circled numbers, aren't displayed correctly.
    • Backspace and delete operations don't work.
    • Selecting an item from a candidate list doesn't work.
  • When you use certain fonts to enter a nonbreaking hyphen in a document in Word 2016, a square is displayed instead of a nonbreaking hyphen.

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 KB3114382.