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MS06-048

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS06-048
Technical name:MS06-048
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, Vulnerabilidades en Microsoft Office
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in several versions of Office, 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:Aug. 9, 2006
Detection updated on:Aug. 9, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS06-048 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in several versions of Office, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

Affected versions are:

  • Office 2003 Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2: Power Point 2003.
  • Office XP Service Pack 3: Power Point 2002.
  • Office 2000 Service Pack 3: Power Point 2000.
  • Office v. X for Mac: Power Point 2004 v. X for Mac.
  • Office 2004 for Mac: Power Point 2004 for Mac.

 

If exploited successfully, MS06-048 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.

These vulnerabilities are usually exploited by creating a specially crafted file that can be sent via email or hosted in a web page.

 

If you have any of the vulnerable versions mentioned above, it is recommendable 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 the previous bulletin, called MS06-038.