MS10-017: Description of the security update for Excel 2003: March 9, 2010

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Microsoft has released security bulletin MS10-017. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:

How to obtain help and support for this security update

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Known issues with this security update

  • After you install this security update, you may notice that the title of the update is listed in Chinese Simplified script instead of English in the Add or Remove Programs or Programs and Features item in Control Panel.

    Note This issue does not affect the functionality of the security update. This is a text mismatch issue only.

    To resolve the issue, follow these steps:
    1. Uninstall the security update.
    2. Visit the Microsoft Download Center page to reinstall the security update:
      Alternately, you can download the Excel 2003 update directly with the following link:
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      Download the office2003-KB978474-FullFile-ENU.exe package now.

Other workarounds

Workaround 1

To work around this issue, you can change the registry entry for MS10-017 by using Reg.exe to correct the display text in the Add or Remove Programs Control Panel item.

Important note This script is provided as is. It is intended as a sample only. Microsoft offers no warranty or support for this script. Use this script at your own risk. The parent installer registry key for this particular product will change based on language of the Excel 2003 product that is being used:
  • The parent key for English systems: 9040110900063D11C8EF10054038389C
  • The parent key for Spanish systems: A0C0110900063D11C8EF10054038389C
  • The parent key for German systems: 7040110900063D11C8EF10054038389C
  • The parent key for Japanese systems: 1140110900063D11C8EF10054038389C
To change the registry entry for MS10-017, follow these steps:
  1. Create a backup copy of the registry keys by using the following command from an elevated command prompt:
    REG EXPORT HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\90403E1900063D11C8EF10054038389C\Patches\7DC3DBE3862DA2449A52E2C25C899D8E KB978474_BkUp.reg
  2. Import the updated registry key by using the following command from an elevated command prompt:
    REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\9040110900063D11C8EF10054038389C\Patches\7DC3DBE3862DA2449A52E2C25C899D8E /v DisplayName /t REG_SZ /d "Security Update for Excel 2003 (KB978474): EXCEL" /f
    Note For Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 only, you must first take ownership of this registry key.
How to undo the workaround
To restore the original state, run the following command from an elevated command prompt:
REG IMPORT KB978474_BkUp.reg

Workaround 2

The following script adds an additional command line script that will determine the exact key that is being used if you are unsure of the client base and have a mixed environment that contains multiple languages.
@Echo off
REG QUERY "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products" /s | find "7DC3DBE3862DA2449A52E2C25C899D8E" > 978474_out.txt
for /f %%a in (978474_out.txt) do REG ADD "%%a" /v DisplayName /t REG_SZ /d "Security Update for Excel 2003 (KB978474): EXCEL" /f
Del 978474_out.txt /q

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 this 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

Security update replacement information

This security update replaces the following security update:
973475 MS09-067: Description of the security update for Excel 2003: November 10, 2009

Removal information

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

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.
Security update for Microsoft Office Excel 2003 (KB978474)
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Article ID: 978474 - Last Review: May 8, 2012 - Revision: 7.0
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