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MS06-055

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS06-055
Technical name:MS06-055
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in Vector Markup Language, Vulnerabilidad en el lenguaje de marcado vectorial
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in Vector Markup Language (VML) on Windows 2003/XP, and in Internet Explorer versions 5.01 and 6 on Windows 2000, 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:Sept. 27, 2006
Detection updated on:Sept. 29, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS06-055 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in Vector Markup Language (VML) on Windows 2003/XP computers and in Internet Explorer versions 5.01 and 6 on Windows 2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS06-055 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. On the other hand, other vulnerabilities allow information disclosure or local privilege escalation.

This vulnerability is usually exploited by creating a specially crafted web page and enticing users into accessing it. An email message in HTML format could also be used.

 

If you have a Windows 2003/XP/2000 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.