Description of the security update for Office 2003: July 11, 2006

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.

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Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure to back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up, restore, and modify the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows registry
Microsoft has released security bulletin MS06-038. The security bulletin contains all the relevant information about the security update for Microsoft Office 2003. This information includes file manifest information and deployment options. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites, depending on whether you are a home user or an IT professional:
This security update was first included in Office 2003 Service Pack 3. For more information about the latest service pack for Office 2003, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
870924How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003

Issues that the security update fixes

In addition to the issues that are described in the security bulletin, the security update for Microsoft Office XP (KB917151) addresses the issues that are described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:
898058Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 1 hotfix package: April 28, 2005
898778Description of the Microsoft Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: November 10, 2005
911888Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: December 6, 2005
912022Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: December 16, 2005
912819Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: January 11, 2006
915058Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: February 27, 2006
916657Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: April 21, 2006
917688Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: April 5, 2006
917878Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package (Mso.dll and IETag.dll): April 12, 2006
918147Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: April 17, 2006
918269Description of the Office 2003 post-Service Pack 2 hotfix package: April 26, 2006

Known issues after installation of the update

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

This update introduces a limit of 512 KB on the size of the document property stream. When this limit is exceeded, custom document properties are removed from the file. You can use a registry key to override this limit:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\10.0\Common] “MaxPropsStreamSize” = dword:08000000
This will set the limit to 128 MB. This limit is the maximum value that is allowed by the key. Any value larger than 128 MB will be treated as 128 MB. Also, any value smaller than 512 KB will be treated as 512 KB.

Removal information

To remove this update, use Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.
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