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Virus Encyclopedia

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MS06-027

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS06-027
Technical name:MS06-027
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in Microsoft Word
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in certain versions of Word, Word Viewer and Works Suite, 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 

    

MS06-027 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in the following programs:

  • Word 2003, 2002 and 2000.
  • Word Viewer 2003.
  • Works Suite 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 and 2000.

If exploited successfully, MS06-027 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.

MS06-027 is exploited by enticing users into opening a specially crafted document that contains malicious code. This document can be distributed using several methods, such as email, websites, network shares, etc.

 

If you have any of the vulnerable programs installed on your computer, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.

Additionally, bear in mind that this security bulletin replaces several previous bulletins, called MS05-023 and MS06-012, among others.