MS10-036: Description of the security update for Office 2003: June 8, 2010

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.

Microsoft has released security bulletin MS10-036. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft websites:

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More information about this security update

Added new functionality

This security update lets users control if and how ActiveX controls and OLE objects load with a Microsoft Office kill-bit list. For more information about this functionality, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

983632 Security settings for ActiveX controls and OLE objects in Office 2003 and in the 2007 Office suite

Prerequisites to apply this security update

To install this security update, you must have Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed on the computer.

For more information about how to obtain the service pack, 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

Restart information

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this security update.

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces the following security update:

953404 MS08-055: Description of the security update for Office 2003: September 9, 2008

Removal information

To remove this security update, use the Add or Remove Programs item or use the Programs and Features item in Control Panel.

Note When you remove this update, you may be prompted to insert the Office 2003 CD in the CD drive. Additionally, you may not have the option to uninstall this security update from the Add or Remove Programs item or the Programs and Features item in Control Panel. There are several possible causes of this issue.

For more information about the removal, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

903771 Information about the ability to uninstall Office updates

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.
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  • Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Standard Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Student and Teacher Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office Access 2003
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003
  • Microsoft Office OneNote 2003
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Office Publisher 2003
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Project Standard 2003
  • Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2003
  • Microsoft Office Visio Standard 2003
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