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MS06-018

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS06-018
Technical name:MS06-018
Threat level:Low
Alias:Vulnerability in Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator, Vulnerabilidad del Coordinador de transacciones distribuidas de Microsoft
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a group of vulnerabilities in the Distributed Transaction Coordinator on Windows 2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows Denial of Service attacks to be launched against vulnerable computers.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000

First detected on:May 10, 2006
Detection updated on:May 10, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS06-018 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of moderate vulnerabilities in the MSDTC (Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator), on Windows 2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows DoS (Denial of Service) attacks to be launched against the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS06-018 allows hackers to cause the computer to stop responding.

MS06-018 is exploited by creating a specially crafted packet that is sent to the vulnerable computer. Although it is possible to launch this type of attacks across the Internet, a firewall could be used in order to prevent those attacks.

 

If you have a Windows 2003/XP/2000 computer, it is recommendable to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.