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MS06-036

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS06-036
Technical name:MS06-036
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in DHCP Client Service, Vulnerabilidad en el servicio cliente DHCP
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a vulnerability in the DHCP client service on Windows 2003/XP/2000 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:July 12, 2006
Detection updated on:July 12, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS06-036 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) client service in Windows 2003/XP/2000, which allows to remotely execute arbitrary code in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS06-036 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 exploited by answering a client's DHCP request in the local subnet with a specially crafted DHCP response.

Attacks can be launched across the Internet, but 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.