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MS06-060

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS06-060
Technical name:MS06-060
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word, Vulnerabilidades en Microsoft Word
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a group of critical vulnerabilities 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:

Other

First detected on:Oct. 11, 2006
Detection updated on:Oct. 11, 2006
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS06-060 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in the following programs:

  • Word 2003, 2002 and 2000.
  • Word Viewer 2003.
  • Works Suite 2006, 2005 and 2004.
  • Office 2004 and v. X for Mac.

If exploited successfully, MS06-060 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.

MS06-060 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 these vulnerabilities. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.

Additionally, bear in mind that this security bulletin replaces the bulletin MS06-027.