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MS07-048

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS07-048
Technical name:MS07-048
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerabilities in Windows Gadgets, Vulnerabilidades en gadgets de Windows
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a group of important vulnerabilities in gadgets on Windows Vista/Vista x64 Edition computers, which allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user.

Affected platforms:

First detected on:Aug. 15, 2007
Detection updated on:Aug. 20, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS07-048 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of important vulnerabilities in gadgets in Windows Vista/Vista x64 Edition, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

Gadgets are mini-applications designed to provide the user with information or utilities. Windows Vista treats gadgets similar to the way Windows Vista treats all executable code.

The addressed vulnerabilities are:

  • Windows Vista Feed Headlines Gadget Could Allow Remote Code Execution.
  • Windows Vista Contacts Gadget Could Allow Code Execution.
  • Windows Vista Weather Gadget Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

If exploited successfully, MS07-048 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.

 

If you have a Windows Vista/Vista x64 Edition 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.