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MS07-022

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS07-022
Technical name:MS07-022
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in Windows Kernel, Vulnerabilidad en el kernel de Windows
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a vulnerability in Windows Kernel on Windows 2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows hackers to gain local privilege escalation.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000

First detected on:April 11, 2007
Detection updated on:April 11, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS07-022 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is an important vulnerability in the Windows Kernel on Windows 2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows local privilege escalation in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS07-022 allows to gain unauthorized privileges on a computer or network. An example of privilege elevation would be an unprivileged user who could manage to be added to the Administrator's group. In such case, the hacker could take complete control of the system: create, modify or delete files, install programs, create new user accounts, etc.

This vulnerability is exploited by running a specially crafted program in the vulnerable computer. In order to do so, a hacker must be able to log on locally to the system.

 

If you have a Windows 2003/XP/2000 computer, it is recommendable to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.