MS16-015: Description of the security update for Excel 2016: February 9, 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 Office file. To learn more about these vulnerabilities, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-015.

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 KB3134226.

Improvements and fixes

This security update contains improvements and fixes for the following nonsecurity issues:
  • Enables add-in developers to obtain a list of API requirement sets.
  • Includes translations for several terms in multiple languages to improve accuracy of meaning.
  • When you use Excel 2016 to open a custom .xls file that wasn't created in Excel, Excel 2016 may crash.

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 get security updates automatically, see the "Turn on automatic updating in Control Panel" section of this Safety & Security Center article.

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 KB3134226.

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces previously released security update KB3114520.

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