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Mike406 Insecure, but can't get the update???
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Secunia scan told me that Powerpoint Viewer 2007 was insecure, but when I click to get the update, Secunia doesn't bring me the update? I tried Windows Update, but there is no update showing up for it either. Whats going on?

-Mike

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Look at the post by Agapanthus

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/205...
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Mike406 RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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I don't really understand what to do in his post... I'll just have to wait until Windows Update shows the update. I'll try to search around and see if I can find anything.

-Mike
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Maurice Joyce RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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Mike,
Have U got a full version of Microsoft Office XP or 2003 or 2007 installed?

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Mike406 RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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on 27th Aug, 2009 17:27, Maurice Joyce wrote:
Mike,
Have U got a full version of Microsoft Office XP or 2003 or 2007 installed?

Windows Update just notified me now about the Update! I'm installing it now, and I'll let you know how it goes.

One more question, why does it say my Secunia score is N/A next to my posts. How do I get it to display my score?

-Mike
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Maurice Joyce RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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Mike,
At the top U will see Forum in orange - click Secunia Profile next door.

In there are some settings - just tick Show My Score

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Mike406 RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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There is no setting there about showing my score? There is only change my password, my location and signature.

I just installed the update for powerpoint viewer, it updated to SP2, but its still insecure? I'm totally lost, I just updated but why is it insecure again?

-Mike
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Maurice Joyce RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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Mike,
U are in the right area but I note your location is there - above that should be a box that U tick to show your score - you are not the first to say this box is missing from your profile. Not sure what the answer is.

Powerpoint.

Has a full PSI scan been completed?

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Mike406 RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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on 27th Aug, 2009 18:28, Maurice Joyce wrote:
Mike,
U are in the right area but I note your location is there - above that should be a box that U tick to show your score - you are not the first to say this box is missing from your profile. Not sure what the answer is.

Powerpoint.

Has a full PSI scan been completed?

It's not there. The only thing above my location, is changing my password and email. Not sure why it doesn't show up.

I just checked for new updates with Windows Update, and it just showed up as 2 security updates for the Powerpoint viewer. I installed them, and its not insecure anymore!

-Mike
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Maurice Joyce RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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Brilliant.

U did not publish how U use secunia. I hope U are using PSI in the advanced mode?

If not I strongly advise U to switch. U will get maximum benefit with your security.

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Mike406 RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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on 27th Aug, 2009 19:14, Maurice Joyce wrote:
Brilliant.

U did not publish how U use secunia. I hope U are using PSI in the advanced mode?

If not I strongly advise U to switch. U will get maximum benefit with your security.

I do use Advanced Mode.

-Mike
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zappe RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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on 27th Aug, 2009 06:00, Mike406 wrote:
Secunia scan told me that Powerpoint Viewer 2007 was insecure, but when I click to get the update, Secunia doesn't bring me the update? I tried Windows Update, but there is no update showing up for it either. Whats going on?

-Mike


Got the same problem and windows update don't show any new updates.

What to do?
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Maurice Joyce RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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What is your version number of Powerpoint viewer?


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zappe RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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on 27th Aug, 2009 22:18, Maurice Joyce wrote:
What is your version number of Powerpoint viewer?



File version: 12.0.6414.1000
Product version: 12.0.6414.0
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Maurice Joyce RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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That is the original issue version.

The version required is 12.0.6502.5000

I am assuming:
1. U are talking about the standalone version of the viewer?
2. U have not got Microsoft Office XP or 2003 or 2007 installed?

If 1. is correct try updating using this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953332

Once installed run Microsoft Update to check there are no more updates.

If 2. is correct this is not the answer which I can give U if required

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Maurice Joyce RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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That is the original issue version.

The version required is 12.0.6502.5000

I am assuming:
1. U are talking about the standalone version of the viewer?
2. U have not got Microsoft Office XP or 2003 or 2007 installed?

If 1. is correct try updating using this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953332

Once installed run Microsoft Update to check there are no more updates.

If 2. is correct this is not the answer which I can give U if required

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zappe RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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on 27th Aug, 2009 22:33, Maurice Joyce wrote:
That is the original issue version.

The version required is 12.0.6502.5000

I am assuming:
1. U are talking about the standalone version of the viewer?
2. U have not got Microsoft Office XP or 2003 or 2007 installed?

If 1. is correct try updating using this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953332

Once installed run Microsoft Update to check there are no more updates.

If 2. is correct this is not the answer which I can give U if required



No, i'm talking about the version included in Office.

I have Microsoft Office 2007 installed.
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bhenshaw RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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I'm having the same problem. I also have Office 2007 installed. The file getting flagged as insecure is:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\pptview.exe

Any help appreciated.

Bill
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Maurice Joyce RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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@Bill & @Zappe
SOLUTION ONE.

It is worth checking that your Office Suites are fully up to date. The link to SP2 is here:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa...

I would then try Microsoft Update again to see if the installation of SP2 triggered any more updates.

Has that solved your issues? If not, I have copied a post I did some time ago when this problem first surfaced.

SOLUTION TWO

As previously explained the only reason the Office suite has the PPTVIEW file embedded is to facilitate the option to use it when the PUBLISH & PACKAGE TO CD command is evoked.

Office Suite users have 3 options:
1. Rename the insecure file - details are at 1. below. This will remove the insecurity.
2. Wait for Microsoft to produce a proper update for Office users. On my last contact they were at the "Whoops" stage so do not hold your breath!!
3. If U are a regular user of the PUBLISH & PACKAGE TO CD command carry out a self help work around.

WORK AROUND.
I apologise for the length of the work around. Hopefully it will result in the most novice user being able to update their expensive Office Suite to full unlimited functionality.

Here we go!



1. If U have not previously renamed the offending PowerPoint file from my previous post U should do that now as follows:
2.Click START>select RUN>copy & paste this into the box - C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Microsoft Office\Office12 - now click OK.
3. From the window that opens scroll down & look for a file called PPTVIEW.EXE - Right click on it & RENAME it PPTVIEW.EXE_OLD
4. Close all open windows.

The insecurity reported by PSI has been removed.

INSTALLING THE UPDATED FILE.(ONLY REQUIRED IF U USE THE PUBLISH & PACKAGE TO CD COMMAND)

1.Download this file and SAVE to DESKTOP - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?fa...
2. Those without Winzip Professional installed need to download & install this programme: http://www.filehippo.com/download_7-zip/
3. Once 7Zip is installed Right click on the Microsoft downloaded file on the desktop>scroll down to 7Zip and select OPEN ARCHIVE
4. A window will open - Look for this file PPTVIEW MSP
5. Right click on it>scroll down to 7Zip and select OPEN INSIDE - once complete look for the file PATCH_CAB near the bottom of the page.
6. Right click on PATCH_CAB>scroll down to 7Zip and select OPEN - a separate window will open showing the file PPTVIEW_0001 - this is the file U want to patch your Office set up.
7. Right click on file PPTVIEW_0001 - select COPY TO - a box will appear - copy & paste this into the "Copy To" box - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\ then click OK (Nothing appears to happen but keep the faith)
8. Close all open windows.

COMPLETING THE UPDATE.

1.Click START>select RUN>copy & paste this into the box - C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Microsoft Office\Office12
2. Scroll & look for 2 files:
PPTVIEW.EXE_0001 dated 28/3/2009
PPTVIEW.EXE_OLD dated 10/11/2008
3.Right Click on the PPTVIEW.EXE_0001 file>select RENAME & rename it PPTVIEW.EXE (The icon will change to reflect it is a Microsoft active file)
4.Right Click on PPTVIEW.EXE_OLD and select DELETE.

Your Microsoft Office 2007 is now secure & fully functional.

U can now remove the Microsoft downloaded file from the desktop & uninstall 7Zip via Add/Remove if no longer required.




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bhenshaw RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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Hi Maurice,

Thanks for the detailed reply. I already have the most recent Office 2007 SP2 installed. The version is 12.0.6425.1000.

I do not use that option so I think I'll go ahead and just rename the file for now and wait for MS to come out with a solution.

Thanks!

Bill
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TimmiAndi RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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Bill / Zappe

The end of the next thread suggests 3 downloads from MS would do the trick, which it did for me - the viewer passed the scan OK

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davidb09 RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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I have Viewer 12.0.6414.1000 fullyupdated to KB969613. Shown as insecure in Secunia scan, but MS Update site shows no patch needed. Second report shows a purported fix, but no reasons given and Microsoft really should be able to clarify this situation. Advice, Please!
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eSKzHvZreJxktYLUd4jN1oy... RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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I actually solved this problem on my dad's PC this weekend. He don't use Powerpoint Viewer, only Powerpoint, so I simply deleted the file. Powerpoint still worked afterwards and so far no angry calls. :-)

There is also a suggested solution in this thread:
http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/264...
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rosenberg RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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[quote=t2624]Secunia scan told me that Powerpoint Viewer 2007 was insecure, but when I click to get the update, Secunia doesn't bring me the update? I tried Windows Update, but there is no update showing up for it either. Whats going on?

-jette
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rosenberg/jette:
Please see my previous post.
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8zabi RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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just download this security fix http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?di... (KB970059)
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spectralkinesis RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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I came up with a simpler fix - just install the application.

I was having the same problem - Secunia was reporting PPTVIEW.EXE as insecure. It was mind boggling, as I had never installed Powerpoint Viewer 2007 - only the full version of Office 2007 Professional.

The problem here is that Powerpoint Viewer 2007 is not actually installed on the local machine. Therefore Microsoft Update can't detect any available patches for PPTVIEW.EXE since it isn't installed, with all of the necessary registry entries and extra files to be patched up.

The reason the Office suite has the PPTVIEW.EXE included in the %Program Files%\Microsoft Office\Office12\ directory is so PPTVIEW.EXE can be embedded when the PUBLISH & PACKAGE TO CD command is invoked.

THE FIX:

1.) Download Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?Fa...

2.) Install Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007.

3.) Run Windows Update - the first time I ran it there were 4 Security updates to be installed.

3.) Run Windows Update again - there were an additional 4 Security updates to be installed.

4.) Rerun Secunia - the application may now be detected as the latest version.

The first time I did this, Secunia did not detect PPTVIEW.EXE as the latest version, even when I checked and the version number shows 12.0.6502.5000

What I did to fix this:

1.) Rename PPTVIEW.EXE to PPTVIEW.EXE.BAK.

2.) Secunia detected the filename change and reported the application as uninstalled.

3.) Rename PPTVIEW.EXE.BAK to PPTVIEW.EXE

4.) Secunia then detected the presence of PPTVIEW.EXE and picked up the new, latest and greatest, not insecure version number.

Cliffs:
Download & Install Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2007
Run Windows Update until there are no more updates to install.
Maybe you'll have to rename the offending .exe twice.
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Profit!
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jlortscher RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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Thank you, spectralkinesis ... your solution worked for me. Thank you for making it so clear and concise.

John
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BoomBoom RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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THANK YOU PERFECT!
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spectralkinesis RE: Insecure, but can't get the update???
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Standalone thread so the fix is easier to find: http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/319...
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