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Microsoft has released an update that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft Excel 97. This update, the Microsoft Excel 97 SR-2 REGISTER.ID Function Update, eliminates a security vulnerability that could allow certain types of executables to be run without a warning to the user.
To correct this problem, download and install the latest update for Excel 97. The latest update includes this and all other Excel-specific updates that have been released since the latest service release (SR) of Office. The files included in this update will be included in any later SR or patch. To upgrade to the latest patch or for more information about the history of Excel 97 patches, please click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
232652To prevent unsafe macros from running, this update disables the REGISTER.ID worksheet function.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/232652/EN-US/ )XL97: Overview and History of Excel Patches
The Microsoft Excel 97 SR-2 REGISTER.ID Function Update is designed to update Microsoft Excel 97 Service Release 2 (SR-2).
NOTE: This update includes the Excel 97 and PowerPoint 97 HTML Script Vulnerability Update. If you apply this update you will not need to apply the Excel 97 and PowerPoint 97 HTML Script Vulnerability Update. For additional information about the Excel 97 and PowerPoint 97 HTML Script Vulnerability Update, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/269263/EN-US/ )XL97: Update Avail for Excel 97 SR-2 REGISTER.ID Vulnerabilty
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/268477/EN-US/ )PPT97: Update Available for HTML Script Vulnerability
How to Download and Install This Update
How to Run the Update in Quiet ModeUse the /q switch if you want to run the update in quiet mode. To do this, follow these steps:
How to Update an Administrative Installation of OfficeTo install this update to an administrative installation point for Office 97, follow these steps:
How to Determine Whether the Update Has Been InstalledTo determine whether the Excel 97 SR-2 REGISTER.ID Function Update has been installed, check the versions of the files. The following table lists the files you should check, their size, and their version numbers:
NOTE: The version number that appears in the About Microsoft Excel dialog box (click About Microsoft Excel on the Help menu) is "Microsoft Excel 97 SR-2 (l)".
File name Size Version Notes ------------------------------------------------------------- excel.exe 5621248 8.0l Windows 2000 displays "18.104.22.16813" scanload.dll 36864 8.2j Windows 2000 displays "22.214.171.12405"
To check the version number and file size in Windows Explorer, follow these steps:
Files Contained in the Xl8p10pkg.exe DownloadIf you download Xl8p10pkg.exe and manually extract the files by using a command line similar to the following
C:\Downloads\xl8p10pkg.exe /c /t:C:\xl8p10pkgthe following files will be listed in the C:\xl8p10pkg folder: