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MS08-066

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Type:Vulnerability
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP

worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is an important vulnerability in the Ancillary Function Driver on Windows 2003/XP computers, which allows local privilege escalation in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS08-066 allows to gain unauthorized privileges on a computer or network. An example of privilege elevation would be an unprivileged user who could manage to be added to the Administrator's group. In such case, the hacker could take complete control of the system: create, modify or delete files, install programs, create new user accounts, etc.

This vulnerability is exploited by running a specially crafted application in the vulnerable computer. In order to do so, a hacker must be able to log on locally to the system.

 

If you have a Windows 2003/XP 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.