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    Non-MS File Formats (2003-SP2)

    OK, we knew about the File-Format sabotage in SP3.

    But we started getting a flood of Help desk calls about it and we have NOT installed SP3. How can that be?

    Well.........

    Hidden in the fine print of MS08-015 (an Outlook security patch) I found a little statement that all security-related patches issued after SP3 will install the default security feature of SP3. What a bite! Regardless of what you want, you get your other apps broken!

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    Re: Non-MS File Formats (2003-SP2)

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge!

    Sneaky! <img src=/S/sneaky.gif border=0 alt=sneaky width=15 height=15>

    MSKB article Information about certain file types that are blocked after you install Office 2003 Service Pack 3 contains links to .reg files that you can deploy to undo the blocking for selected file types.

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    Re: Non-MS File Formats (2003-SP2)

    Hi,
    Good of you to mention this! After I had installed the needed Office updates, mentioned in the MS March Bulletin, I noticed among other things I look at post update that the "About" dialog box had changed to SP3.

    I usually DO read some parts of the bulletins (a quick check here and there if one is used to reading them), and as you say it's mentioned. But I must have missed it. In my case it's mentioned in the MS08-014 Excel update.

    From the FAQ:
    <hr>I use Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2. Are any additional security features included in this update?
    Yes, as part of the servicing model for Microsoft Office 2003, when users of Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 install this update, their systems will be upgraded to security functionality that was initially released with Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3. All updates released after January 1, 2008 for Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2 will include these security features, which were introduced in Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3. We have thoroughly tested this update, but as with all updates, we recommend that users perform testing appropriate to the environment and configuration of their systems. For more information on this issue, please see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 951646.<hr>

    At the moment I can't recall, but think over a 10 year period we have seen something similar before with Office and updates for lower level SP. Guess my focus was on waiting for the re-released patch (the problem with Excel calculations and Real Time Data source in VBA) and missed this. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    (It's always good to read the bulletins; the Office update among the 4 in March, was offered to SP3 even though it wasn't affected, because of some "stability changes" and "to support corporate environment changes"; odd to put that in a security update at the time, but maybe it involved changing the same files.)
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