MS08-055: Description of the security update for Office 2003: September 9, 2008

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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Microsoft has released security bulletin MS08-055. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:

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More information about this security update

Non-security-related fixes that are included in this security update

This security update fixes the following issues:
  • 950102 Description of the Word 2003 hotfix package: March 11, 2008
  • 950522 Description of the Office 2003 hotfix package: March 21, 2008
  • 953342 Description of the PowerPoint 2003 hotfix package: May 21, 2008
  • 956133 Description of the Office 2003 hotfix package: August 5, 2008


You must have one of the following installed to apply this security update:
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
For more information about how to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003, 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

Update replacement

This security update replaces the following security update:

947355 MS08-016: Description of the security update for Office 2003: March 11, 2008

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.
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
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