Microsoft Word and Excel Macros for DeskSite and FileSite Expire on August 26, 2021

Critical Information for Immediate Review

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Alert Summary

App Product:
iManage FileSite (All Versions)
Alert Name:
Microsoft Word and Excel macros for DeskSite and FileSite expire on August 26, 2021
Alert Description:
DeskSite or FileSite versions prior to 9.3.7 require an update to prevent Microsoft Word and Excel from disabling the use of the Save, Save As, Open and Print via shortcut commands.
Vendor Published Date:

Alert Details

For security reasons, iManage develops macro files for Word + Excel that control Office shortcut key integration using digital signatures to designate that the files are from a trusted source, and which are set to expire on a preset date. Depending on the Macro security settings for your Office environment, Word and Excel may display a warning message about an invalid or expired digital certificate after August 26th, 2021, and the use of Save, Save As, Open and Print may be disabled for the user.

Notes: This should only affect shortcuts from Word + Excel, and this should not affect any corresponding functionality initiated directly from buttons on the iManage ribbon or Office backstage menus. Work 10 Desktop Office integration, or Work 10 Desktop Office integration running in compatibility mode with 9.3.6 clients should not be impacted, but every environment should test their specific setup to be sure these macro files are not in use. Whether or not you will be affected by this issue depends on the current configuration for Office macro settings in your environment – strict macro runtime settings, Trusted Publishers and Trusted locations all have the potential to change how macro templates such as these run when their digital certificate expires.

To update the templates and certificates, iManage provides CSAR-2829 for 9.3.x builds of DeskSite and FileSite here:

iManage also states that the updated templates and certificates are included in the latest release of DeskSite and FileSite (version 9.3.7) and this version is available in HeliX. However, this is a major new version and also includes significant new features and functionality so it is not the recommended path to resolve this issue in production environments.

Your HeliX subscription includes packaging and delivery of the updated macros and the new version of the affected clients to your AppSource share and Microsoft Endpoint Management system, and we will be adding these updates to active subscriptions beginning today. However, regression testing and final distribution of the updated macros or the new client version to production systems is the subscriber’s responsibility. Before upgrading to any new version of DeskSite or FileSite or distributing the updated macro files to either release, full and proper testing is strongly advised.

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