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MS08-031

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS08-031
Technical name:MS08-031
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer, Actualización de seguridad acumulativa para Internet Explorer
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer versions 5.01 and 6 SP1 in Windows 2000, 6 on Windows 2003/XP computers and 7 in Windows Vista/2003/XP, which allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user and information to be disclosed.

Affected platforms:

Other

First detected on:June 11, 2008
Detection updated on:June 11, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS08-031 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed and information to be disclosed in the vulnerable computer. Affected versions of Internet Explorer are 5.01, 6 SP1, 6, and 7.

If exploited successfully, this vulnerability allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user and to read data from another domain in Internet Explorer.

This vulnerability is usually exploited by creating a specially crafted web page and enticing users into accessing it. The link to the website can be distributed using several methods, such as email, instant messaging programs, etc.

 

If you have any of the vulnerable versions of Internet Explorer, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.

However, provided that this is a cumulative patch, make sure that you download the latest security patch available.