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MS08-078

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Type:Vulnerability
Affected platforms:

Other

worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer on Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed. Affected versions of Internet Explorer are 5.01, 6 SP1, 6, and 7.

If exploited successfully, MS08-078 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.

MS08-078 is usually exploited by creating a specially crafted web page and enticing users to access it. The link to the website can be distributed using several methods, such as email, instant messaging programs, etc.

 

If you have any of the vulnerable versions of Internet Explorer, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to 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.