MS12-029: Description of the security update for Word 2003: May 8, 2012


Microsoft has released security bulletin MS12-029. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft websites: 

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Frequently asked questions

  • Does this update contain any security-related changes to functionality?
    Yes. The MS12-029 security updates for Microsoft Office Word 2003 Service Pack 3 (2598332 ) include architecture updates for Office File Validation. These architecture updates to Microsoft Word for Office File Validation were previously available only through the updates for Word 2003 (2464603 ).

    For more information about Office File Validation, see Microsoft Security Advisory 2501584 and Microsoft Knowledge Base article 2501584 .
  • I am running Word 2003 Service Pack 3. Why do I receive an Office File Validation prompt when I open a file?
    After you apply the MS12-029 update, you may find that the Office File Validation feature is enabled for Word. This behavior may occur if you previously installed the Microsoft Office File Validation Add-in (2501584 ) but had not previously applied the architecture updates to Microsoft Word for Office File Validation. In this situation, because MS12-029 includes the architecture updates for Word, and because the Office File Validation Add-in was previously installed, Office File Validation is enabled for Word. 

    Office File Validation can be disabled by setting a registry key to prevent the Office File Validation feature from validating files. For information about how to disable Office File Validation, see Office File Validation for Office 2003 and Office 2007.

Prerequisites to apply this security update

To install this security update, you must have Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Microsoft Office 2003 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:
307841 How to obtain the latest service pack for Office 2003

Restart information

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

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces the following security update:
2344911  MS10-079: Description of the security update for Word 2003: October 12, 2010

Removal information

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

Note When you remove this security update, you may be prompted to insert the disc that contains Word 2003. 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.
For Word 2003
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