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MS07-044

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS07-044
Technical name:MS07-044
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in Microsoft Excel, Vulnerabilidad en Microsoft Excel
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in several versions of Excel, 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:Aug. 15, 2007
Detection updated on:Aug. 16, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS07-044 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in several versions of Excel, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

Affected versions are:

  • Office 2003 Service Pack 2.
  • Office XP Service Pack 3.
  • Office 2000 Service Pack 3.
  • Office 2004 for Mac.

If exploited successfully, MS07-044 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 usually exploited by creating a specially crafted Excel file that can be sent via email or hosted in a web page, and enticing users into opening it.

If you have any of the vulnerable versions mentioned above, it is recommended 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 replaces a previous bulletin, called MS07-036.