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MS06-062

Threat LevelHigh threatDamageSevereDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS06-062
Technical name:MS06-062
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:

Other

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

Brief Description 

    

MS06-062 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.
  • Office XP Service Pack 3.
  • Office 2000 Service Pack 3.
  • Office 2004 and v. X for Mac.
  • Project 2000 Service Release 1.
  • Project 2002 Service Pack 1.
  • Visio 2002 Service Pack 2.

 

If exploited successfully, MS06-062 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 these vulnerabilities. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.

Additionally, bear in mind that this security bulletin replaces a previous one, called MS06-048.