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MS08-032

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS08-032
Technical name:MS08-032
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Cumulative Security Update of ActiveX Kill Bits
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is an important vulnerability in the Speech Components sapi.dll on Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

Affected platforms:

Other

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

Brief Description 

    

MS08-032 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a moderate vulnerability in the Speech Components sapi.dll on Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS08-032 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 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 a Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computer, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. 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.