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Microsoft recently identified two potential security issues that malicious macro authors could exploit. The Excel 97 SYLK File Security Update addresses these issues. This article describes how to download and install the Excel 97 SYLK File Security Update.
For additional information about the problems addressed by the Excel 97 SYLK File Security Update, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
241902 XL97: Macro Virus Warning Does Not Appear When Opening SYLK File That Contains XLM Code
241900 XL97: Opening Lotus 1-2-3 File May Run Macro Without Warning
The Excel 97 SYLK File Security Update is designed to update Microsoft Excel 97 Service Release 2 (SR-2).
To correct this problem, download and install the latest update for Excel 97. The latest update includes this and all other Excel-specific updates that have been released since the latest service release (SR) of Office. The files included in this update will be included in any later SR or patch. To upgrade to the latest patch or for more information about the history of Excel 97 patches, please click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
232652 XL97: Overview and History of Excel Patches
where location is the complete path to the directory in which you downloaded the file, path is the path to your administrative installation point, and inf file is the name of the .inf file for your version of Office 97. For example, if you need to update Office 97 Professional and the patch is saved to a folder called Downloads on drive C, and your administrative installation point is named Off97 on the computer Appsvr, your command line would look as follows:
Click Yes when you are prompted to install the update.
Click Yes to accept the license agreement.
Click OK when you see the message that the install of the update was successful.
NOTE: You do not have to take any further action to update computers that are running Excel 97 from the administrative installation point.
How to Determine Whether the Update Has Been Installed
To determine whether the Excel 97 SYLK File Security Update has been installed, check the versions of the files listed in the following table:
File name Size File version --------------------------------------- Excel.exe 5,621,248 8.0i Scanload.dll 36,864 8.2i
NOTE: The version number in the About Microsoft Excel dialog box is shown as "Microsoft Excel 97 SR-2 (i)" (click About Microsoft Excel on the Help menu).
To check the version number and file size in Windows Explorer, right-click each file where it is installed, and click Properties on the shortcut menu; check the file size on the General tab, and the version on the Version tab.