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MS08-055

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS08-055
Technical name:MS08-055
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution, Vulnerabilidad en Microsoft Office podría permitir la ejecución remota de código
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a critical vulnerability in certain versions of Office, 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 

    

MS08-055 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in certain versions of Office, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS08-055 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.

MS08-055 is exploited by convincing users to click on a specially crafted uniform resource locator that references a specially crafted OneNote file.

 

If you have any of the vulnerable programs 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.