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MS08-001

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS08-001
Technical name:MS08-001
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerabilities in TCP/IP, Vulnerabilidades en TCP/IP
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in TCP/IP on Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer and denial of service attacks to be launched.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000

First detected on:Jan. 9, 2008
Detection updated on:Jan. 9, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS08-001 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in TCP/IP on Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer and denial of service attacks to be launched.

TCP/IP is the suite of communication protocols used for sending data over networks.

The addressed vulnerabilities are:

  • Windows Kernel TCP/IP/IGMPv3 and MLDv2 Vulnerability: a remote code execution vulnerability that allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user.
  • Windows Kernel TCP/IP/ICMP Vulnerability: a denial of service vulnerability that could cause the affected system to stop responding and automatically restart.

This vulnerability is usually exploited by creating a specially crafted packet and sending it to a vulnerable computer.

 

If you have a Windows Vista/2003/XP/2000 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.

Moreover, bear in mind that this bulletin replaces a previous one, called MS06-032.