MS08-056: Description of the security update for Microsoft Office XP: October 14, 2008

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Microsoft has released security bulletin MS08-056. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:

How to obtain help and support for this security update

Help installing updates: Support for Microsoft Update

Security solutions for IT professionals: TechNet Security Troubleshooting and Support

Help protect your computer that is running Windows from viruses and malware:Virus Solution and Security Center

Local support according to your country: International Support

Note This security bulletin does not install any binary files. The only change is in the Windows registry. After you install this security bulletin, the following registry keys will be removed from the Windows registry:


You must have Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed to apply this security update.

For more information about how to obtain Office XP Service Pack 3, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307841 How to obtain the latest Office XP service pack
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 TSE

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