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MS08-023

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS08-023
Technical name:MS08-023
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Security Update of ActiveX Kill Bits, Actualización de seguridad de bits de interrupción de ActiveX
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in an ActiveX control on Windows Server 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, 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:April 9, 2008
Detection updated on:April 9, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS08-023 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in an ActiveX control on Windows Server 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS08-023 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 hosting a specially crafted website and enticing users into visiting it. In order to do so, a link to the malicious website can be distributed via email or instant messaging programs.

 

If you have a Windows Server 2008/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.