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MS06-061

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS06-061
Technical name:MS06-061
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerabilities in Microsoft XML Core Services, Vulnerabilidades en Microsoft XML Core Services
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in several versions of Microsoft XML Core Services and Microsoft XML Parser, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer or the disclosure of information.

Affected platforms:

Other

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

Brief Description 

    

MS06-061 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in several versions of Microsoft XML Core Services and Microsoft XML Parser, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer or the disclosure of information.

Affected versions are:

  • XML Parser 2.6 and XML Core services 3.0 on Windows 2003/XP/2000.
  • XML Core services 6.0 on Windows 2003/XP/2000.
  • XML Core services 4.0 on Windows 2003/XP/2000.

The vulnerabilities addressed in the Microsoft security bulletin MS06-061 are:

  • XML Core Services vulnerability.
    This vulnerability allows attacking users to read cookies or other data from another security zone or domain in Internet Explorer.
  • XSLT buffer overrun vulnerability.
    This vulnerability 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.

Both vulnerabilities are exploited by creating a specially crafted web page and enticing users into accessing it with Internet Explorer.

 

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 is replaced by other bulletin, called MS06-071.