MS16-015: Description of the security update for Excel 2013: February 9, 2016

Applies to: Microsoft Office 2013 Service Pack 1Excel 2013


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 Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 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 update contains improvements and fixes for the following nonsecurity issues:  
  • Adds telemetry that helps determine why rendering stops working when the system is running low on memory.
  • It takes a long time to remove a column filter for a large table in Excel 2013. This issue occurs in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 with Narrator enabled, or on a Windows 10 touch-enabled device.
  • After you save a workbook that contains a link to an Excel add-in to an OneDrive for Business folder, the link to the Excel add-in is broken.
  • When you change a PivotTable filter in Excel 2013, you (incorrectly) receive the following error message:
    Operation cancelled by user.
  • If you open and close an add-in from a network location by using VBA in Excel 2013, the add-in is deleted.

How to get 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 get 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 KB3114504.

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