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MS08-008

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS08-008
Technical name:MS08-008
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in OLE Automation
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in OLE Automation on Windows Vista/2003/XP computers, Office 2004 for Mac or Visual Basic 6, which allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000

First detected on:Feb. 13, 2008
Detection updated on:Feb. 13, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS08-008 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in OLE Automation in Windows Vista/2003/XP, Office 2004 for Mac or Visual Basic 6, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS08-008 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. In order to persuade users, an attacker could send a link to the malicious website via email or instant messaging programs.

If you have a Windows Vista/2003/XP computer, Office 2004 for Mac or Visual Basic 6 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.