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MS08-054

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS08-054
Technical name:MS08-054
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in Windows Media Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution, Vulnerabilidad en el Reproductor de Windows Media podría permitir la ejecución remota de código
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in Windows Media Player 11 on Windows 2008/Vista/XP 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 

    

MS08-054 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in Windows Media Player version 11 on Windows 2008/Vista/XP computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS08-054 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 Windows Media Server that contains a specially crafted audio file and enticing users to visit a malicious website. The link to that website can be distributed by the usual means, such as email, instant messaging programs, etc.

 

If you have Windows Media Player version 11 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.