Description of the security update for Excel 2016: November 14, 2017

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 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2017-11877 and Microsoft Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures CVE-2017-11878.

Note To apply this security update, you must have the release version of Excel 2016 installed on the computer.

Be aware that the update in the Microsoft Download Center applies to the Microsoft Installer (.msi)-based edition of Office 2016. It doesn't apply to the Office 2016 Click-to-Run editions, such as Microsoft Office 365 Home (see Determining your Office version).

Known issues

  • Symptoms
    After you install this update, when you click on a shape that has a digitally signed macro assigned to it, you may receive the following error:
    Cannot run the macro.
    The macro may not be available in this workbook or all macros may be disabled.
    Currently, the only recommended workaround is to update the workbook so there isn’t a shape that is used to trigger a digitally signed macro.

    Note We do not recommend you uninstall or delay the installation of this security update because of this issue. This security update resolves a security feature bypass vulnerability that can expose unsafe workflows when using macros, trusted certificates, and shapes.

    Microsoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.

Improvements and fixes

This security update includes the following improvements and fixes the following issues:

  • When you save a local OneDrive for Business file in Microsoft Excel 2016, you receive the following error message:


  • When you use Excel embedded in a previewer application (such as Windows Explorer preview pane), the worksheet in the preview window becomes unresponsive after you switch the focus away and then back.
  • When you edit cells in Excel 2016 on a high DPI display device, Excel freezes.

  • You experience the following issues in Excel 2016:

    • Cross-workbook formulas that are used as a source for a PivotTable cause Excel to crash.

    • PivotTables that are connected to OLAP cubes and they contain multiple currencies but display only one of the currency symbols.

    • When you open certain files that are created in earlier version of Excel, Excel crashes.

    • When you delete a PivotTable and then undo the operation in Excel crashes.

    • When you refresh a PivotTable in Excel 2016, more memory is consumed until all available memory is consumed.

    • You can't import SharePoint lists to obtain values for the calculated columns in the SharePoint list.

    • The Connection Properties dialog box can't be closed in certain workbooks.

  • Correct the translation of the TRIM function in the Dutch version of Excel 2016.

  • Some trusted local macros can't run if the BlockContentExecutionFromInternet security setting is enabled.

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 Windows Update: FAQ.

Method 2: Microsoft Update Catalog

To get the stand-alone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Method 3: 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 security update deployment information: November 14, 2017.

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces previously released security update KB 4011050.

File hash information

Package Name Package Hash SHA 1 Package Hash SHA 2
excel2016-kb4011220-fullfile-x64-glb.exe 767D064614222CE0571DC8BD1A5D22DCA79E0B29 63BE82FC783174FCD4224B179CD301A6B725BDCA8A28FBFD2CF20EEDE400AD1F
excel2016-kb4011220-fullfile-x86-glb.exe EF97EA689812BDE50CD3EACE44586BE2D3D43B37 390EDEFFBFB84544B84A337CBD54C2E6C3F74E805D7281E8962916D3A3895023

File information

The English version of this security update has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight-saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

How to get help and support for this security update

Help for installing updates: Windows Update FAQ

Security solutions for IT professionals: Security Support and Troubleshooting

Help for protecting your Windows-based computer from viruses and malware: Microsoft Secure

Local support according to your country: International Support

Propose a feature or provide feedback on Office: Office User Voice portal