MS11-073: Description of the security update for Office 2003: September 13, 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.

Microsoft has released security bulletin MS11-073. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft websites: 

How to obtain help and support for this security update

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More information about this security update

Known issues with this security update

Microsoft Update or Windows Update may offer this update even though you do not have Microsoft Office 2003 installed. For more information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
830335 Microsoft Update and Windows Update offer updates for Office programs that you do not have installed

Prerequisites to apply this security update

To apply this security update, you must have Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Microsoft Office 2003 installed on the computer.

For more information about how to obtain the service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307841 How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003

Restart information

You may have to restart the computer after you install this security update.

In some cases, this update does not require a restart. If the required files are being used, this update will require a restart. If this behavior occurs, a message is displayed that advises you to restart the computer.

To help reduce the possibility that a restart will be required, stop all affected services and close all applications that may use the affected files before you install this security update. For more information about the reasons why you may be prompted to restart, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
887012 Why you may be prompted to restart your computer after you install a security update on a Windows-based computer

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces the following security update:
2509503 MS11-023: Description of the security update for Office 2003: April 12, 2011

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 to uninstall this security update from the Add or Remove Programs item or the Programs and Features item in Control Panel. There are several possible causes of this issue.

For more information about the removal, 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 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.
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 2003 patch performance security stability update 2584052 32-bit office

Article ID: 2584052 - Last Review: 07/18/2012 17:53:00 - Revision: 2.0

  • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Access 2003
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2003
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2003
  • Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Visio Standard 2003
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
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