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The Microsoft Excel vulnerabilities that are outlined in the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-031 include the following two items that also apply to Excel 97:
An Excel macro execution vulnerability that relates to how inline macros that are associated with objects are handled. Because of this vulnerability, macros can be executed and bypass the Macro Security Model when the user clicks on an object in a workbook.
An Excel macro execution vulnerability that relates to how macros are handled in workbooks when those workbooks are opened through a hyperlink on a drawing shape. Macros in a workbook that is opened this way can run automatically.
A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem.
To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
NOTE: In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.
The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) 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 tool in Control Panel.
Date Time Version Size File name ---------------------------------------------------- 24-JUL-2002 12:43:38 220.127.116.1101 5,621,008 Excel.exe
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
Office 97 users should be aware that Office 97 was developed in an era when the security threat was very different, and Office 97 does not include any of the improved security architecture of more recent versions of Office, such as Macro and e-mail attachment security. For best security, we recommend that customers use Office XP.
For additional information about Microsoft recommendations to customers who are concerned with security issues in Microsoft Office 97, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: