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MS09-015

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Type:Vulnerability
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000

worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a moderate vulnerability in the SearchPath function on Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows local privilege escalation in the vulnerable computer.

If exploited successfully, MS09-015 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 creating a specially crafted file and enticing users to download it onto the desktop. Then, the user would have to launch an application that will open the specially crafted file.

 

If you have a Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 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.