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MS07-042

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS07-042
Technical name:MS07-042
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services, Vulnerabilidad en Microsoft XML Core Services
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in several versions of Microsoft XML Core Services, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000

First detected on:Aug. 15, 2007
Detection updated on:Aug. 16, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS07-042 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in several versions of Microsoft XML Core Services, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

Affected versions are:

  • XML Core services 3.0 on Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000.
  • XML Core services 4.0 on Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000.
  • XML Core services 6.0 on Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000.
  • XML Core services 5.0 on Microsoft Office 2007/2003.

 

If exploited successfully, MS07-042 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.

This vulnerability is exploited by hosting a specially crafted website and enticing users into visiting it by sendinfg an email or an instant message.

 

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.