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Description of the update for Word 2003: April 12, 2011

Support for Office 2003 has ended

Microsoft ended support for Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

This article describes the Office File Validation security feature for installations of Microsoft Office Word 2003.

More information about this update

Office File Validation verifies that a particular binary file complies with the application’s expectations. Office File Validation can help prevent unknown binary file format attacks against Microsoft Office 97-2003 file formats.

For more information about the Office File Validation add-in and about how to enable this feature, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2501584 Microsoft Security Advisory: Microsoft Office File Validation for Office 2003 and Office 2007: April 12, 2011

Prerequisites to apply this update

To install this security update, you must have Office 2003 Service Pack 3 installed on the computer.

For more information about how to obtain this service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
870924 How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003

Restart information

You do not have to restart the computer after you install this security update.

Removal information

To remove this security update, use the Add or Remove Programs item or the Programs and Features item in Control Panel.

Note When you remove this security update, you may be prompted to insert the disc that contains Microsoft Office 2003. Additionally, you may not have the option of uninstalling this security update from the Add or Remove Programs item or from the Programs and Features item in Control Panel. There are several possible causes of this issue.

 For more information about how to remove Office updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

903771 Information about the ability to uninstall Office updates

File information

The English (United States) 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). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
For Microsoft Office Word 2003
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
update security_patch security_update security bug flaw vulnerability malicious attacker exploit registry unauthenticated buffer overrun overflow specially-formed scope specially-crafted denial of service dos

Article ID: 2464603 - Last Review: 04/12/2011 17:52:00 - Revision: 1.0

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