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MS07-024

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS07-024
Technical name:MS07-024
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:May 9, 2007
Detection updated on:May 9, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS07-024 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor.  It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in the following programs:

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

 

The addressed vulnerabilities are:

  • Word Array Overflow vulnerability.
  • Word Document Stream vulnerability.
  • Word RTF Parsing vulnerability.

 

If exploited successfully, MS07-024 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.

MS07-024 is exploited by sending a specially crafted file via email and enticing users into opening it or by hosting a specially crafted file in a web page and entincing users into visiting it.

 

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 MS07-014.