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SUMMARY

Microsoft has released an update to Microsoft Word 97 for Windows and Japanese Microsoft Word for Windows 98. This update fixes a security problem where a buffer overrun is possible when you import a Corel WordPerfect file with your Microsoft Office 97 program.

This article describes how to download and install the Office 97 WordPerfect 5.x Converter Security Patch.

RESOLUTION

A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article.

Note The Microsoft Office products that are listed at the beginning of this article were developed when the security threat was very different. As a result, they do not include the improved security architecture of more recent versions of Office, such as macro security. Because macro security is not included in Microsoft Office 97, the fix that is described in this article may be compromised. Microsoft recommends that customers use Microsoft Office 2003; the level of security in Microsoft Office 2003 is higher than in Microsoft Office 97.

Important Before you install the Office 97 WordPerfect 5.x Converter Security Patch, install the Microsoft Word 97 Service Release 2b (SR-2b). Although the Office 97 WordPerfect 5.x Converter Security Patch will install if you do not have Word 97 SR-2b installed on your computer, the Word 97 Patch is only supported by Microsoft on Word 97 SR-2b.

For more information about how to install Microsoft Word 97 Service Release 2b, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
151261  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/151261/ ) OFF97: How to obtain and install Office 97 SR-2
To resolve this problem immediately, contact Microsoft Product Support Services to obtain the fix. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support Services phone numbers and information about support costs, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;[LN];CNTACTMS (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;%5Bln%5D;cntactms)
Note In special cases, charges that are ordinarily incurred for support calls may be canceled if a Microsoft Support Professional determines that a specific update will resolve your problem. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for the specific update in question.

English

The English version of this security patch 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.
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6304     297,360  Office97-kb827656-client-enu.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   09-Oct-2002  20:34                      1,725  Ohotfix_t.sed
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2002.1100.5510.   290,376  Wpft532.cnv
Chinese (Simplified)
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     287,640  Office97-kb827656-client-chs.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   15-Jul-2003  05:47  2002.1100.5510.   290,376  Wpft532.cnv
Chinese (Traditional)
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     288,152  Office97-kb827656-client-cht.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   15-Jul-2003  05:47  2002.1100.5510.   290,376  Wpft532.cnv
Czech
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     294,296  Office97-kb827656-client-csy.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  15:55  2002.1100.5510.   290,904  Wpft532.cnv 

Danish
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     295,320  Office97-kb827656-client-dan.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:00  2002.1100.5510.   291,416  Wpft532.cnv
Greek
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     297,880  Office97-kb827656-client-ell.exe 
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:01  2002.1100.5510.   292,952  Wpft532.cnv
Spanish (Spain)
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     296,344  Office97-kb827656-client-esn.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:01  2002.1100.5510.   292,440  Wpft532.cnv
Finnish
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     295,320  Office97-kb827656-client-fin.exe 
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:03  2002.1100.5510.   291,416  Wpft532.cnv
French
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     296,344  Office97-kb827656-client-fra.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:03  2002.1100.5510.   291,928  Wpft532.cnv
German
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     297,880  Office97-kb827656-client-deu.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   15-Jul-2003  05:48  2002.1100.5510.   291,912  Wpft532.cnv   
 

Hungarian
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     294,808  Office97-kb827656-client-hun.exe 
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  15:52  2002.1100.5510.   290,904  Wpft532.cnv
Italian
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     296,344  Office97-kb827656-client-ita.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
        Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:04  2002.1100.5510.   292,440  Wpft532.cnv
Japanese
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     313,752  Office97-kb827656-client-jpn.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
       Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   15-Jul-2003  05:47  2002.1100.5510.   290,376  Wpft532.cnv
Korean
        Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:30  5.0.2919.6307     288,664  Office97-kb827656-client-kor.exe 
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   15-Jul-2003  05:47  2002.1100.5510.   290,376  Wpft532.cnv
Dutch (Netherlands)
        Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:31  5.0.2919.6307     296,344  Office97-kb827656-client-nld.exe
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:04  2002.1100.5510.   292,952  Wpft532.cnv  
Norwegian
       Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:31  5.0.2919.6307     294,808  Office97-kb827656-client-nor.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
       Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:06  2002.1100.5510.   291,416  Wpft532.cnv
Polish
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:31  5.0.2919.6307     296,344  Office97-kb827656-client-plk.exe 
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
         Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:06  2002.1100.5510.   291,928  Wpft532.cnv
Portuguese (Brazil)
       Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:31  5.0.2919.6307     295,832  Office97-kb827656-client-ptb.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
        Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:07  2002.1100.5510.   291,928  Wpft532.cnv
Portuguese (Portugal)
        Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:31  5.0.2919.6307     296,344  Office97-kb827656-client-ptg.exe 
AAfter the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:07  2002.1100.5510.   292,440  Wpft532.cnv 
Russian
       Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:31  5.0.2919.6307     295,832  Office97-kb827656-client-rus.exe 
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:08  2002.1100.5510.   290,904  Wpft532.cnv
Slovak
         Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:31  5.0.2919.6307     295,320  Office97-kb827656-client-sky.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
        Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  15:55  2002.1100.5510.   290,904  Wpft532.cnv
Slovenian
        Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:31  5.0.2919.6307     294,304  Office97-kb827656-client-slv.exe 
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:09  2002.1100.5510.   291,416  Wpft532.cnv
Swedish (Sweden)
   Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:31  5.0.2919.6307     294,296  Office97-kb827656-client-sve.exe  
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
       Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:09  2002.1100.5510.   291,416  Wpft532.cnv    
Turkish
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   03-Sep-2003  21:31  5.0.2919.6307     294,296  Office97-kb827656-client-trk.exe 
After the hotfix is installed, the following files will have the listed attributes or later:
      Date         Time   Version            Size    File name
   --------------------------------------------------------------
   15-Jul-2003  05:51  2003.1100.5510.   116,288  Msconv97.dll     
   23-Jul-2003  14:09  2002.1100.5510.   290,392  Wpft532.cnv
Note After you install the Office 97 WordPerfect 5.x Converter Security Patch, you cannot remove it. To return to an installation before the patch was installed, you must remove all of Office 97, and then install it again from the original CD.

MORE INFORMATION

List of Issues That Are Fixed by the Update

The Office 97 WordPerfect 5.x Converter Security Patch fixes the following issues that were previously not documented in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

Possible Buffer Overrun Security Problem

This update fixes a security problem where a buffer overrun situation is possible when you use the Office 97 WordPerfect converter.

For more information about this issue documented in the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-035, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
827653  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827653/ ) MS03-035: Flaw in Microsoft Word could enable macros to run automatically

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 98 Standard Edition
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