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Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-049)
Patch Available for "The Office HTML Script" Vulnerability and a
Workaround for "The IE Script" Vulnerability
Originally Posted: July 13, 2000
Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security
vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Office 2000 (Excel and PowerPoint) and
in PowerPoint 97. Microsoft has also documented a workaround that
prevents the use of Microsoft Access to exploit a vulnerability in
Internet Explorer. A patch for the latter vulnerability will be
available soon and we will have an update to this bulletin.
Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability and the patch
can be found at
Two vulnerabilities have recently been discovered, one affecting
Microsoft Office 2000, and PowerPoint 97, and the other Internet
Explorer 4.01 SP2 and higher. We will refer to these issues as the
"Office script" and "IE script" vulnerabilities. The names refer to
the product where the vulnerability is present, but not necessarily
how the vulnerability is exploited.
The Office HTML Script vulnerability, allows malicious script code on
a web page to reference an Excel 2000 or PowerPoint file in such a
way as to cause a remotely hosted file to be saved to a visiting
user's hard drive.
This vulnerability can only be exploited by a reference to an Excel
2000 or PowerPoint file; it cannot be exploited using Excel 97,
Microsoft Word or a Microsoft Access file.
The IE Script vulnerability, can allow malicious script code on a web
page to reference a remotely hosted Microsoft Access file. The
Microsoft Access file can in turn causes a VBA macro code in the file
to be executed.
Affected Software Versions
Microsoft Excel 2000
Microsoft PowerPoint 97 and 2000
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, 5.01 SP1, 5.01, 4.01 SP2
Microsoft Excel 2000 and PowerPoint 2000:
Microsoft PowerPoint 97:
Note Additional security patches are available at the Microsoft
Please see the following references for more information related to
- Frequently Asked Questions: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-049,
- Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:
Q268365 (Excel 2000), Q268457 (PowerPoint 2000), Q268477
(PowerPoint 97) discusses "The Office HTML Script" vulnerability.
- The Microsoft Office Update Site,
- Microsoft TechNet Security web site,
Obtaining Support on this Issue
This is a fully supported patch. Information on contacting Microsoft
Product Support Services is available at
July 13, 2000: Bulletin Created.
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Last Updated July 13, 2000
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