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MS08-053

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS08-053
Technical name:MS08-053
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in Windows Media Encoder 9 Could Allow Remote Code Execution, Vulnerabilidad en Codificador de Windows 9 podría permitir la ejecución remota de código
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in Windows Media Encoder 9 on Windows 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:

Other

First detected on:Sept. 10, 2008
Detection updated on:Sept. 10, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS08-053 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in Windows Media Encoder 9 on Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS08-053 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 malicious website and enticing users to visit it.

 

If you have Windows Media Encoder 9 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.