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MS07-060

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS07-060
Technical name:MS07-060
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in Microsoft Word, Vulnerabilidad en Microsoft Word
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in certain versions of Word, 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:Oct. 10, 2007
Detection updated on:Oct. 10, 2007
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS07-060 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in certain versions of Word, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

The affected versions are:

  • Office XP: Word 2002.
  • Office 2000: Word 2000.
  • Office 2004 for Mac.

If exploited successfully, MS07-060 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.

MS07-060 is exploited by sending a specially crafted Word file via email and enticing users into opening it or by hosting a specially crafted Word 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 this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.

Additionally, bear in mind that this security bulletin replaces the bulletin MS07-024.