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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

VML.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:VML.A
Technical name:Exploit/VML.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:HTML/Levem.C, MS06.XMLNS
Type:Hacking Tool
Effects:  

It is a malicious code used to exploit a vulnerability in the library VGX.DLL on Windows 2003/XP/2000 computers. If successfully exploited, it allows arbitrary code to be executed in the vulnerable computer.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT

First detected on:Sept. 21, 2006
Detection updated on:Oct. 2, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

VML.A is a malicious code used to exploit a vulnerability in the library VGX.DLL on Windows 2003/XP/2000 computers. This library is used by Internet Explorer in order to display graphics made in VML, Vector Markup Language.

If the target computer is vulnerable, VML.A allows arbitrary code to be executed in it.

If your Panda solution detects VML.A, it does not necessarily mean that your computer is vulnerable to VML.A. It warns the user of the presence of a malicious file attempting to exploit the vulnerability.

 

If you have a Windows 2003/XP computer or Internet Explorer versions 5.01 and 6 on Windows 2000, it is recommendable to download and apply the security patch referred to the Vector Markup Language vulnerability, which is included in the security bulletin MS06-055. Access the web page for downloading the patch.

Visible Symptoms 

    

VML.A is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.