This update addresses the vulnerabilities by preventing Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2002 from opening PowerPoint 4.0 native file formats. After you install this update, you cannot open PowerPoint 4.0 presentations. When you try to open a PowerPoint 4.0 presentation, you receive the following error message:
This file has an older format that isn't supported.
You can override this behavior and enable PowerPoint 2002 to open PowerPoint 4.0 presentations. However, doing this may increase your security risk.
For more information about how to enable PowerPoint to open PowerPoint 4.0 presentations, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
970980 You receive an error message when you try to open a PowerPoint 4.0 document after you install MS09-017 on PowerPoint 2000 and PowerPoint 2002
More information about this security update
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
This security update replaces the following previously released security update:
948995 MS08-051: Description of the security update for PowerPoint 2002: August 12, 2008
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.