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MS06-024

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS06-024
Technical name:MS06-024
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in Windows Media Player
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in different versions of Windows Media Player on Windows 2003/XP/2000/Me/98 computers, which allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000

First detected on:June 14, 2006
Detection updated on:June 14, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS06-024 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in different versions of Windows Media Player on Windows 2003/XP/2000/Me/98 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS06-024 allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user. If this user had administrator rights, the hacker could take complete control of the system: create, modify or delete files, install programs, create new user accounts, etc.

This vulnerability is usually exploited by creating a malicious content for Windows Media Player and hosting it in a web page, or by sending a WMZ file via email.

 

If you have any of the vulnerable versions of Windows Media Player, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to check which versions of Windows Media Player are vulnerable and to access the web page for downloading the patch.

Moreover, bear in mind that this bulletin replaces a previous one, called MS06-005.