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For a Microsoft PowerPoint 97 for Windows version of this article, see 299368.
Malicious hackers can lure users into opening a PowerPoint file that causes undesired and possibly damaging effects on the user's hard disk drive. The specific symptoms vary according to the malicious code.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office 2000. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
276367 How to obtain the latest Office 2000 service pack
Important Before you install Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 3 (SP-3), you must have Microsoft Office 2000 Service Release 1/1a (SR-1/SR-1a) installed first. To obtain Office 2000 Service Release 1/1a (SR-1/SR-1a), click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
245025 How to obtain and install the Office 2000 SR-1/SR-1a Update
Note You can no longer obtain this update separate from the latest Office 2000 service pack.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in the Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 SR-1 Parsing Vulnerability Update.
More information about this update is available in the following Microsoft security bulletin: