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MS08-049

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Type:Vulnerability
Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000

worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is an important vulnerability in the Windows Event System on Windows 2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000 computers, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

Windows Event System is a service that manages method calls and event subscriptions between Windows and applications on the system.

If exploited successfully, MS08-049 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 sending a specially crafted event subscription reuqest to Windows Event System. In order to do so, the attacking user needs to be authenticated.

 

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.